Dimensions of religious and national identity among Irish adolescents growing up in two jurisdictions

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Abstract

This poster explores the impact of growing up in different socio-political environments in the border areas of the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and Northern Ireland (NI) on adolescents’ evaluations of their religious and national identities. The vast majority of the population of the Republic of Ireland are Catholic and Irish whereas in Northern Ireland, the majority are Protestant and British. 713 adolescents (NI= 415; RoI=298), who categorised their religious identity as Catholic and their nationality as Irish completed the Collective Self – Esteem (CSE) scale (Crocker & Luhtanen, 1990) with reference to either their religious (N=350) or national identity (n=363). The overall rating of CSE for the Irish identity was significantly higher than the rating of CSE for the Catholic Identity. This result was modified by a significant interaction - adolescents in the Republic of Ireland rated the CSE of their Irish nationality higher than those in Northern Ireland (20.99 vs. 19.95), whereas adolescents in Northern Ireland rated the CSE of their Catholic religious identity higher than their peers in the Republic of Ireland (19.97 vs 18.87). Further analysis of the CSE subscales revealed differing patterns of relationships according to the scale. The evaluation of the Public Collective Self-Esteem of national and religious identities were significantly higher in the Republic of Ireland than in Northern Ireland, however Private Collective Self-esteem did not differ according to jurisdiction. These findings are discussed in relation to the social context and current theoretical accounts of collective identification processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Event9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology - New Mexico, Albuquerque, United States
Duration: 02 Jun 200809 Jul 2008

Conference

Conference9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology
CountryUnited States
CityAlbuquerque
Period02/06/200809/07/2008

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    McKeown, G. (2008). Dimensions of religious and national identity among Irish adolescents growing up in two jurisdictions. In 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology