The Protective Role of Group Identity: Sectarian Antisocial Behavior and Adolescent Emotion Problems

Christine E. Merrilees*, Laura Taylor, Marcie C. Goeke-Morey, Peter Shirlow, E. Mark Cummings, Ed Cairns

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Abstract

The protective role of strength of group identity was examined for youth in a context of protracted political conflict. Participants included 814 adolescents (Mage = 13.61, SD = 1.99 at Time 1) participating in a longitudinal study in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Utilizing hierarchical linear modeling, the results show that the effect of exposure to sectarian antisocial behaviors has a stronger effect on youth emotion problems for older adolescents. The results also show that youth with higher strength of group identity reported fewer emotion problems in the face of sectarian antisocial behavior but that this buffering effect is stronger for Protestants compared to Catholics. Implications are discussed for understanding the role of social identity in postaccord societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-420
Number of pages9
JournalChild Development
Volume85
Issue number2
Early online date17 May 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Bibliographical note

© 2013 The Authors. Child Development © 2013 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.

Keywords

  • POLITICAL VIOLENCE
  • SOCIAL IDENTITY
  • DIFFICULTIES QUESTIONNAIRE
  • NORTHERN-IRELAND
  • STRENGTHS
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • EXPERIENCE
  • CONFLICT
  • FAMILIES
  • SUPPORT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education

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    Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L., Goeke-Morey, M. C., Shirlow, P., Cummings, E. M., & Cairns, E. (2014). The Protective Role of Group Identity: Sectarian Antisocial Behavior and Adolescent Emotion Problems. Child Development, 85(2), 412-420. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12125