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Intergroup relationship rules in Northern Ireland: The effect of denominational information on children's ratings

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Stringer, Maurice and Irwing, P (1998) Intergroup relationship rules in Northern Ireland: The effect of denominational information on children's ratings. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, 15 (3). pp. 421-430. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Northern Irish children's use of relationship rules when interacting with own and other group members was examined using a rule endorsement methodology derived from Argyle & Henderson (1984, 1985), A total of 503 children, who ranged from 9-11 years old and who attended Protestant (state) or Catholic (maintained) schools were presented with four vignettes depicting instances of positive and negative ingroup and out-group behaviour. The results revealed that children use rules in a simplistic manner with a single intimacy factor underlying their ratings, Children differentiated clearly between positive or negative behaviour in their use of rules. Denominational information had a smaller effect on children's ratings, with both Protestant and Catholic children displaying a significant preference for `Protestant' as opposed to `Catholic' actors. The results are discussed in terms of other examples of children's self-derogation found in Northern Ireland and the utility of this methodology in understanding in-group and out-group bias in intergroup encounters and relationships.

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:1019
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 16:24
Last Modified:15 Mar 2012 12:11

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