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Communicating Social Identity A Study of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland

Hargie, Owen, Dickson, David, Mallett, John and Stringer, Maurice (2008) Communicating Social Identity A Study of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. COMMUNICATION RESEARCH, 35 (6). pp. 792-821. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0093650208324270


This article examined communicative aspects of social identity theory in the context of the deeply divided community of Northern Ireland. Self-disclosure was selected for analysis, given its central role in the development of cross-group friendships and related reduction of negative bias towards the outgroup. In view of previous research on factors that mediate the decision to self-disclose to the outgroup, and using the Disclosure Decision Model as a guiding framework, the authors hypothesized that outgroup contact would be a key determinant of disclosure but that contact would be mediated by degree of trust and attraction for the outgroup, as well as by strength of ingroup identification. The findings supported these predictions. The results are discussed both in relation to the importance of communication facets of social identity theory and in light of wider policy implications for cross-group communication in Northern Ireland.

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 > Peace, Conflict and Equality
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:1003
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 16:13
Last Modified:15 Mar 2012 11:52

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