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PREFERENCE FOR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AS A MEASURE OF ETHNIC NATIONAL IDENTITY IN CHILDREN IN NORTHERN-IRELAND

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McClenahan, Carol, Cairns, Ed, Dunn, S and Morgan, V (1991) PREFERENCE FOR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AS A MEASURE OF ETHNIC NATIONAL IDENTITY IN CHILDREN IN NORTHERN-IRELAND. IRISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 12 (3). pp. 346-354. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Two groups of children in Northern Ireland, aged 11-12 years (n = 398) and 14-15 years (n = 315), were asked to rank order four areas-Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England/Wales (as one area) and Scotland - in terms of their residential preference. When the subjects were divided into those who had attended Catholic and Protestant primary schools, it was found that the Protestant children showed a marked preference for Northern Ireland, followed by England/Wales and Scotland, with the least preferred area being the Republic of Ireland. The Catholics, on the other hand, displayed a marked preference for the Republic of Ireland, closely followed by Northern Ireland, but placed England/Wales and Scotland last. This study with young people thus replicated the findings of past studies with adult samples, where Protestants identified themselves in the sequence Ulster-British-Irish, contrasting with Catholics who favoured the sequence Irish-Ulster-British, and suggests a method that may be used to measure identity preference in children.

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 > Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:1711
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:42
Last Modified:28 Jun 2011 16:25

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