ERIC Number: ED095249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Laboratory Test of the Effects of Culture Assimilator Training. Illinois Studies of the Economically Disadvantaged. Technical Report, No. 20.
Weldon, David E.; And Others
The research reported here is an exploration of the effects of Culture Assimilator Training. A procedure emphasizing behavior with respect to hardcore unemployed blacks was utilized for the training. White male university students were randomly assigned to a trained or untrained group. After the training, subjects were placed in a situation requiring that they work with a black confederate of the experimenters on a complex performance task. Each black confederate worked with both trained and untrained subjects. The confederates did not know who were the trained subjects. They rated the subjects on a number of dimensions, thus providing us with indices of the effectiveness of the trained and untrained subjects in interpersonal relationships while doing the task. A multi-method assessment of the dependent variables shows that the assimilator improves the attributions that the white subjects make concerning the causes of the behavior of blacks, reduces the perceived conflict between blacks and whites, and makes whites more tolerant of blacks who are dressed in a mod or hip fashion. On the other hand, there is no evidence of favorable change in the behavior of the whites. The optimal combination of assimilator training with other forms of training is discussed. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois