ERIC Number: ED233825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Exploring the Convergent and Discriminant Validity of Children's Ethnic Attitude Measures: The Relationships between Ethnic Attitude and Egocentrism Measures.
Nagata, Donna Kiyo
Little information has been generated regarding the convergent and discriminant validity of measures used to investigate children's ethnic attitudes. The present study explores these aspects of validity by examining the relationships among three measures of ethnic attitude and between these measures and two measures of egocentrism. Attitude measures investigated were the Doll Choice, the Preschool Racial Attitude Measure II, and the Katz-Zalk Projective Prejudice Test; measures of egocentricism used were the Role-Taking Task and the Perspective-Taking Task. Participating in the study were 105 white second, third, and fourth graders, whose ages ranged from approximately 7 to 11 years. Results indicated that, of the three ethnic attitude measures, only the Preschool Racial Attitude Measure II revealed a pattern of correlations suggestive of both convergent and discriminant validity. The findings are interpreted as indicating the possibility that various ethnic attitude measures may be tapping different aspects of the same construct. In addition, the possibility is raised that the Doll Choice, and perhaps other ethnic attitude measures, may reflect aspects of ethnic attitude that are related to a child's more general cognitive role-taking skills. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Convergent Validation; Discriminant Validity; Doll Choice Task; Katz Zalk Projective Prejudice Test; Perspective Taking Task; Preschool Racial Attitude Measure II; Role Taking Task
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).