University of Ulster research probes pals’ influences on Northern Ireland prejudice levels.
Just having a friend who has a friend from the ‘other side’ can reduce levels of sectarian prejudice among individuals in Northern Ireland, according to new psychological research from the University of Ulster.
This research was carried out in the context of inter-community relations in Northern Ireland. In two surveys, one with over 300 university students and the other with over 700 randomly selected members of the Northern Ireland population, the researchers, led by Professor Ed Cairns, showed that just knowing that your friend has a friend from the other community can reduce your prejudice levels - and anxiety about encounters with the ‘other side.’
David Young | University of Ulster
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