Exploring these issues afresh and often questioning conventional wisdom demands a look at the evidence, drawing on the wealth of information now available on people's health, incomes, education, employment, families, relationships and social attitudes.
This report brings together studies by a group of leading social science researchers using large-scale data resources like the three big birth cohort studies of 1958, 1970 and 2000/1, the British Household Panel Survey, the General Household Survey, the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, and the British Election Study to provide invaluable insights into the patterns of our lives in the early twenty-first century.
PRIDE Northern Ireland: in-group pride and out-group prejudice
Professors Ed Cairns and Miles Hewstone explore attitudes of 'pride and prejudice' among the Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland. They find that pride in one's 'in-group' can be thought of as benign, acceptable and indeed positive in many ways. It is not inevitably linked to sectarian views. Indeed, warmth towards the in-group tends to be positively correlated with warmth towards the out-group. And bias can actually disappear when the level of sectarian conflict is relatively low a true 'peace dividend'. Thus, a peaceful future does not have to be built by attempting to cleave individuals from their valued community identities.
ANGER Anger, irritability and hostility in children and adults
Dr Eirini Flouri and Professor Heather Joshi document our experience of anger drawing on the 1970 and 1958 birth co
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