Assessing the predictors of political engagement among Northern Irish youth

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Functioning societies aim to have their youth engage in the political sphere and Northern Ireland is no exception. To wit, Northern Irish academia devoted much effort to this issue with institutions such as its Institute of Conflict Research considering the matter a prime area of inquiry. This secondary data study, being focused on contributing to this discussion, employed a country-wide survey of Northern Irish youth to construct variables representing political engagement and its theory-grounded predictor constructs: Social connectedness, income, gender, and educational attainment. Using these variables, a multi-linear regression model was constructed that accounted for 11.2% (rA2) of the observed variance of reported political engagement where gender (strongest), education level, social connectedness, and income (weakest) were all significantpredictors/factors. The implications of the research are two-fold. On one hand, the model and its components' being statistically significant imply that the research has identified the areas of inquiry needed to address the Northern Irish youth political engagement question. On the other, the observed weakness of the model's predictive strength implies that more research is needed to unpack the measurements needed to properly address the issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social Research and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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