Precursors and mediators of intergroup reconciliation in Northern Ireland: a new model.

Noor, Masi, Brown, Rupert and Prentice, Garry (2008) Precursors and mediators of intergroup reconciliation in Northern Ireland: a new model. British Journal of Social Psychology, 47 (3). pp. 481-495. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

We examined social psychological factors contributing to the restoration of the intergroup relationship between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. A theoretical model of reconciliation orientation (ROM) was developed, with intergroup forgiveness and subjective evaluation of past violence as the main precursors of that orientation. Data from a Northern Irish sample (N=318) validated and extended the model. Forgiveness and evaluation of past violence were predicted by `competitive victimhood' (a belief in having suffered more than the out-group), negatively and positively, respectively. These associations were fully accounted for by the strength of identification with the in-group and trust in the out-group. Empathy functioned mainly as a direct predictor of forgiveness. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Rupert Brown
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:33
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 09:09
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13263
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