Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: The Value of Intergroup contact

Miles Hewstone, Joanne Hughes

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Northern Ireland is still a country riven by segregation, caught between peace and reconciliation. Extensive survey research shows that intergroup contact has a key role to play in achieving reconciliation, whether through generic contact, cross-group friends (most effective) or indirect forms of contact. Segregation is most profound in education, but we show the benefits of contact in all mixed schools. A recent evaluation of a new Shared Education Programme (SEP), that provides children with the opportunity to study with and meet pupils from the other community, reveals reliable effects via promoting contact. The Northern Ireland Assembly’s support for SEP is based on sound psychological principles and robust research evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalBJPsych International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015


  • Reconcilaiiton; group relations; education


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