ERIC Number: ED056775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
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Stimulus Predifferentiation and Racial Attitude Change in Children.
Katz, Phyllis A.
The purposes of this study were (1) to investigate the possibility that children's racial attitudes could be modified by means of stimulus predifferentiation training, (2) to assess the developmental implications of such training, and (3) to assess the relative sensitivity of two different attitude measures to such manipulation. Subjects were 96 black and white children from grades 2 and 6 of an integrated New York City public school. Subjects were pretested and posttested on two measures: (1) the Projective Prejudice Test, measuring reaction to slides depicting ambiguous interracial situations; and (2) a Social Distance Index, revealing amount of contact desired with members of black, white and Chinese racial groups. The children were assigned to either distinctive labeling training, perceptual differentiation training, or a control group. Children experiencing distinctive labeling and stimulus predifferentiation training elicited lower prejudice scores on two indices of ethnic attitudes than did those in a no-label control condition. (Author/AJ)
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Identifiers: Projective Prejudice Test (Katz); Social Distance Test
Note: Paper presented at the 79th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1971