Contact between Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren in Northern Ireland

Rhiannon Turner, Tania Tam, Miles Hewstone, Jared Kenworthy, Ed Cairns

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This study explored segregation and sectarianism among children in integrated and non-integrated Northern Irish schools. Results revealed a substantial relationship between 2 types of intergroup contact—cross-group friendship and extended contact—and lower levels of prejudice. While cross-group friendships were associated with more positive intergroup relations via the mediating mechanisms of self-disclosure and empathy with the out-group, extended contact worked by eliciting positive perceived peer norms toward the out-group. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for intergroup relations among children in conflict societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E216-E228
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue numberSUPPL.2
Early online date20 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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