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Intergroup trust in Northern Ireland.
Pers Soc Psychol Bull 2009; 35(1):45-59PS

Abstract

Although prominent political agendas have placed a great deal of importance on building trust in postconflict areas, there has been a lack of empirical research on its role in areas of intergroup conflict. The authors conducted two studies to examine the relationship between trust and intergroup behavioral tendencies-and the potential for intergroup contact to build trust in Northern Ireland. Study 1 showed that outgroup trust mediates the impact of intergroup contact on behavioral tendencies toward the outgroup. Study 2 revealed the importance of trusting the outgroup over simply liking the outgroup; establishing outgroup trust is crucial, as trust is a stronger predictor of behavioral tendencies toward the outgroup than positive attitudes are. Results also demonstrated two mechanisms for increasing outgroup trust-through both direct and extended intergroup contact. These studies further our understanding of the psychological mechanisms underlying the formation of intergroup trust and behavior in areas of conflict.

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University of Oxford, UK. taniayvonne@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19106077

Citation

Tam, Tania, et al. "Intergroup Trust in Northern Ireland." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 35, no. 1, 2009, pp. 45-59.
Tam T, Hewstone M, Kenworthy J, et al. Intergroup trust in Northern Ireland. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2009;35(1):45-59.
Tam, T., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J., & Cairns, E. (2009). Intergroup trust in Northern Ireland. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 35(1), pp. 45-59. doi:10.1177/0146167208325004.
Tam T, et al. Intergroup Trust in Northern Ireland. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2009;35(1):45-59. PubMed PMID: 19106077.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Intergroup trust in Northern Ireland. AU - Tam,Tania, AU - Hewstone,Miles, AU - Kenworthy,Jared, AU - Cairns,Ed, PY - 2008/12/25/entrez PY - 2008/12/25/pubmed PY - 2009/3/6/medline SP - 45 EP - 59 JF - Personality & social psychology bulletin JO - Pers Soc Psychol Bull VL - 35 IS - 1 N2 - Although prominent political agendas have placed a great deal of importance on building trust in postconflict areas, there has been a lack of empirical research on its role in areas of intergroup conflict. The authors conducted two studies to examine the relationship between trust and intergroup behavioral tendencies-and the potential for intergroup contact to build trust in Northern Ireland. Study 1 showed that outgroup trust mediates the impact of intergroup contact on behavioral tendencies toward the outgroup. Study 2 revealed the importance of trusting the outgroup over simply liking the outgroup; establishing outgroup trust is crucial, as trust is a stronger predictor of behavioral tendencies toward the outgroup than positive attitudes are. Results also demonstrated two mechanisms for increasing outgroup trust-through both direct and extended intergroup contact. These studies further our understanding of the psychological mechanisms underlying the formation of intergroup trust and behavior in areas of conflict. SN - 0146-1672 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19106077/Intergroup_trust_in_Northern_Ireland_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0146167208325004?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -