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ERIC Number: ED011102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 25
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THE REDUCTION OF PREJUDICE THROUGH LABORATORY TRAINING.
RUBIN, IRWIN
AN EXPERIMENT TESTED THE HYPOTHESIS THAT INCREASES IN SELF-ACCEPTANCE RESULTING FROM SENSITIVITY TRAINING HAVE THE THEORETICALLY PREDICTABLE BUT INDIRECT EFFECT OF REDUCING RACE PREJUDICE. THERE WERE 50 VOLUNTEERS, AGED FROM 23 TO 59, 8 OF WHOM WERE NEGROES. MOST HAD AT LEAST A B.S. DEGREE. THEY LIVED TOGETHER FOR 2 WEEKS MEETING IN FIVE T GROUPS, EACH INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE NEGRO. THE PERSONALITY VARIABLE INVESTIGATED WAS PSYCHOLOGICAL ANOMY, A FEELING OF MORAL EMPTINESS. THE TOTAL GROUP WAS RANDOMLY DIVIDED INTO 2 SECTIONS. THE SMALL GROUP WAS TESTED VIA MAIL QUESTIONNAIRES 2 WEEKS BEFORE ARRIVAL. THE ENTIRE GROUP WAS TESTED UPON ARRIVAL AND AGAIN AT THE END OF THE LABORATORY. EACH T-GROUP TRAINER RATED EACH PARTICIPANT ON THE QUESTIONS--(1) TO WHAT EXTENT DID THE PERSON EXPLICITLY DISCUSS RACE RELATIONS, AND (2) WHAT WAS THE NATURE OF THE INDIVIDUAL'S FOCUS DURING THE T GROUP. THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY SUGGESTED THAT SENSITIVITY TRAINING MAY BE A POWERFUL TECHNIQUE IN THE REDUCTION OF RACE PREJUDICE, HOWEVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF EDUCATION SEEMS TO BE A PREREQUISITE TO LEARNING BY THIS METHOD. THERE WERE SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND LIST OF REFERENCES. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "JOURNAL OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE," VOLUME 3, NUMBER 1, 1967. (AJ)
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