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NCJ Number: 134320 Find in a Library
Title: Intergroup Violence and Intergroup Attributions
Journal: British Journal of Social Psychology  Volume:30  Dated:(1991)  Pages:261-266
Author(s): J A Hunter; M Stringer; R P Watson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The prediction of Pettigrew (1979) that relative to in-group behavior, negative out-group behavior would be attributed to internal characteristics, was tested with 26 Catholic and 21 Protestant Irish subjects in the context of Northern Ireland's ongoing conflict.
Abstract: Both Catholic and Protestant respondents watched newsreel footage depicting scenes of in-group and out-group violence: one showed a Protestant attack on mourners at a Catholic attack on a car containing two plain clothes soldiers at a Catholic funeral. A free response format was used to classify subjects' explanations into internal and external attributions. Strong support emerged for Pettigrew's hypothesis. A comparison of Protestant explanations for Protestant violence with Protestant explanations for Catholic violence revealed that the way in which members of the Protestant group attributed in-group and out-group violence differed significantly. Similar results emerged from an analysis comparing Catholic explanations for Catholic violence with Catholic explanations for Protestant violence. The internal attributions, which tended to be relatively negative in tone, demonstrated that Catholics and Protestants were between two-and-a-half to four times more likely to attribute out-group rather than in-group violence to internal causes. 1 table and 23 references
Main Term(s): Collective violence; Religion
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Group behavior; Northern Ireland; Political influences
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