Communication and relational development between Catholic and Protestant students in Northern Ireland

David Dickson, Owen Hargie, Seanenne Rainey

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    This article presents the results of a major investigation into the content and pattern of inter and intradenominational disclosure, and the degree to which relationship development occurs, between all Protestant and Catholic first-year students from Northern Ireland (n=270), who were enrolled in one faculty of a major university. The study was in three parts: a self-report survey encompassing measures of group identification, self-disclosure, attraction, trust, and out-group contact; an analysis of students’ verbal and nonverbal behaviour patterns in cross-denominational dyads; and a focus group study of students’ attitudes and experiences. Results in all three parts reveal major differences between the two denominations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-82
    JournalAustralian Journal of Communication
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2000

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