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New measures of political attitudes in Northern Ireland: A social identity perspective

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Irwing, P and Stringer, Maurice (2000) New measures of political attitudes in Northern Ireland: A social identity perspective. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 10 (2). pp. 139-154. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Twenty-eight measures of political attitudes were validated on a sample of 388 undergraduate students from Northern Ireland. Confirmatory factor analysis showed the scales to be unidimensional, discriminantly valid, with generally excellent reliabilities. The pattern of intergroup differentiation between Catholics and Protestants conformed to Social Identity Theory, with maximum differentiation on important issues, Catholics adopting a social change ideology and Protestants defending the status quo. Catholics and Protestants resolved their respective group associations with violence by condemning both it and terrorism, and also reported interdenominational friendships. The utility of these new measures of political attitudes in terms of measuring changes due to political initiatives, cross-community reconciliation programmes and in assessing changes in attitudes as a result of integrated or segregated denominational schooling within the Province is outlined. Copyright (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute
Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict & Equality
ID Code:1015
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 16:17
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:11

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