Funding from the EU prgramme for Peace and Reconciliation is gratefully acknowledged.
The Legacy of the Troubles final report has been published.
The project is a unique and ground breaking study of the effects of violent experience on psychological health and societal well-being. In keeping with the objectives of Peace II, the study examines psychological health and direct and indirect experience of the troubles as well as people's beliefs about their national and political identities. A final strand of the study will look at the effects the troubles has had on social attitudes, such as cross-community relations and wariness of people from other religious or ethnic groups. To date, a proper concern for physical and psychological casualties has resulted in a failure to explore the effects that the conflict might have had on political and social attitudes. Now however, it is timely to consider the legacy of conflict experiences in terms of peace and reconciliation as well as in terms of mental and physical health.
As this study involves a telephone survey, only those with telephones can be selected into the sample. Telephone numbers will be picked at random, so selection into the sample is based on chance. You could also call this luck, so if your are selected into the sample perhaps its time to enter a prize draw! Only one person living in each household will be asked to participate in the research. The person with the most recent birthday will be asked to participate (rather than the person who answers the phone), this avoids any bias in our sample. Participants must be over 18. We hope to be able to conduct a study of young people in the future.
Participants will be asked a large range of questions during the interview. They will be asked about their current health, their experience over the course of the troubles, their views and beliefs regarding their nationality, their recent voting behaviour and their attitudes to others.
Your information along with the information obtained from 2,999 other participants will be looked after very carefully. We can give you several assurances about this.
The project will tell us:
A representative sample is a sample that is drawn from the entire population so that is is typical of the entire population. Social researchers emphasise the importance of representative samples as it allows researchers to say that their results can apply to the population as a whole.
The research will permit the wider public to understand the extent to which those living in Northern Ireland and the border regions that have been affected by the conflict. We will publicise out findings through the media, in academic journals and at work shops for mental health and community relations practitioners.
The project also has an office located in the School of Psychology , at Queen's University. Alison Jeffrey , the project secretary may also be assistance. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 028 90274581 (from Northern Ireland ) or 048 904581 (from the Republic of Ireland ).
The project's postal address is:
The Legacy of the Trouble's Project
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN