Assessing sectarian attitudes among Catholic adolescents in Scotland

McKinney, S. , Francis, L. J. and McKenna, U. (2021) Assessing sectarian attitudes among Catholic adolescents in Scotland. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 42(1), pp. 1-18. (doi: 10.1080/13617672.2019.1678293)

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Sectarianism is perceived as a serious issue in Scotland despite a lack of concrete evidence, according to the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism. This paper addresses one of the gaps in knowledge, the attitudes of Catholic school pupils. Our research was designed to profile sectarian attitudes among a sample of Catholic school pupils in Scotland, using our own newly designed Scale of Catholic Sectarian Attitudes. The research assessed the influence of five sets of factors on shaping individual differences in sectarian attitudes: personal factors (sex and age), psychological factors (personality), religious factors (identity, belief, and practice), theological factors (exclusivism), and contextual factors (Catholic schools). The study draws on data provided by 797 13- to 15-year-old school pupils from schools in Scotland who self-identified as Roman Catholic. We offer a new tool for measuring attitudes to sectarianism and also findings that demonstrate that sectarian attitudes exist within the young Catholic community in Scotland and that this has possibly become part of a wider problem generated by the public visibility of religious diversity within an increasingly secular society. Further we find that Sectarian attitudes are higher among males than among females and are higher among nominal Catholics than among practising Catholics.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McKinney, Professor Stephen
Authors: McKinney, S., Francis, L. J., and McKenna, U.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Journal of Beliefs and Values
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9362
Published Online:15 October 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Journal of Beliefs and Values 42(1): 1-18
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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