ERIC Number: ED179890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Demographic Influences on Adolescents' Cross-Ethnic Friendship Patterns: A Four Neighborhood Study.
A field method approach explored the social world of Anglo-, Chinese- and Italian-Canadian children in four schools and neighborhoods in Metropolitan Toronto. Field workers observed and interacted with their subjects over a four-month period, dividing each work week between two neighborhoods. These workers were able to observe whether a given subject had any close other-ethnic friends (intimate versus casual or superficial contact), and whether the subject confined socializing entirely to his/her own ethnic group (was ethnically encapsulated) or not. Some significant demographic correlates of cross-ethnic and cross-racial friendship formation indicated that, in the locales studied, opportunities for contact are positively and significantly related to friendship formation, and that, contrary to earlier American findings, own-group preference does not increase as the size of the out-group increases. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Toronto Univ. (Ontario).
Identifiers: Ontario (Toronto)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979); Best copy available