The measurement of religious mistrust in Northern Ireland

Kareena McAloney, Maurice Stringer, John Mallett

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Cultural mistrust is a protective mechanism employed by minority group members when risk of victimization from majority group members is high. In Northern Ireland, depending on the context, both Catholics and Protestants may perceive themselves at risk of discrimination, and use similar protective strategies. This study examined the appropriateness of the Cultural Mistrust Inventory in assessing mistrust among members of different religious groups within Northern Ireland. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses resulted in an 11-item, 3-factor measure of religious mistrust.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E329–E338
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • Northern Ireland
  • religion
  • cultural mistrust


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