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Religion in Northern Ireland

Duration: 1968-ongoing
Researcher: Professor Leslie Francis

The Religion in Northern Ireland project builds on, extends and keeps up to date John Greer’s pioneering surveys among Catholic and Protestant adolescents begun in 1968. Recent papers from this project include.

Further replication of these ageing studies is planned for 2008.

L.J. Francis and J.E. Greer - Shaping adolescents’ attitudes toward science and religion in Northern Ireland: the role of scientism, creationism and denominational schools, Research in Science and Technological Education, 19, 39-53, 2001.

L.J. Francis, M. Fearn and C.A. Lewis - The impact of personality and religion on attitudes toward alcohol among 16-18 year olds in Northern Ireland, Journal of Religion and Health, 44, 267-289, 2005.

L.J. Francis, M. Robbins, L.P. Barnes and C.A. Lewis - Sixth-form religion in Northern Ireland: the Protestant profile 1968-1998, British Journal of Religious Education, 28, 3-18, 2006.

L.J. Francis, M. Robbins, L.P. Barnes and C.A. Lewis - Religiously affiliated schools in Northern-Ireland: the persistence of denominational differences in pupils’ religious and moral values, Journal of Empirical Theology, 19, 182-202, 2006.

L.J. Francis, T. ap Siôn, C.A. Lewis, M. Robbins and L.P. Barnes - Attitude toward Christianity and religious experience: replication among 16- to 18-year-old adolescents in Northern Ireland, Research in Education, 76, 56-61, 2006.

L.J. Francis and M. Robbins - God images and moral values among Protestant and Catholic adolescents in Northern Ireland, in P.Heggy, (ed.), What do we Imagine God to be? The function of ‘God images’ in our lives, Lampeter, Edwin Mellen Press, 109-122, 2007, (ISBN 0-7734-5488-8).

The new phase of the project will begin in 2008