Positive psychology (happiness, openness and empathy and beliefs about the peace process in Northern Ireland.

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O'Reilly, Leona
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study examined the link between positive psychology and peace psychology. The aim was to establish if a relationship existed the Positive Psychological variables of Happiness, Openness and Empathy and Beliefs about the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. 82 participants, sourced from a convenience sample of undergraduate students, completed a 34-item questionnaire that included four psychological measures; the generalized belief Measure, the subjective happiness scale, the Toronto empathy questionnaire and the Big Five inventory (openness questions only). Non-parametric correlational tests were conducted, including a Kendall’s Tau and Spearman’s rho. Results indicated a significant relationship did not exist between Happiness, Openness and Empathy and Beliefs about the Peace Process. However, a small, statistically significant correlation was found between Geographical Proximity to Northern Ireland and Beliefs about the Peace Process (rs (82) = 0.23, p = .038). Author keywords: Positive Psychology, Peace Psychology, Peace Process