ERIC Number: ED156312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Young Children's Ability to Match Facial Features Typical of Race.
Lacoste, Ronald J.
This study examined (1) the ability of 3- and 4-year-old children to racially classify Negro and Caucasian facial features in the absence of skin color as a racial cue; and (2) the relative value attached to the facial features of Negro and Caucasian races. Subjects were 21 middle income, Caucasian children from a privately owned nursery school in Austin, Texas. Children participated individually in a puzzle game in which they were presented with puzzle pieces for a Caucasian and a Negro face. There were four uniformly cut pieces for each face (hair, eyes, nose, mouth), so that a facially conglomerate face could be constructed. Subjects were asked to make two different faces. Placement of puzzle parts was recorded on a score sheet. When the two faces were completed, subjects were asked which version of each feature they liked best. They were then asked to indicate the "Negro or black face", after which they were asked to use any of the pieces to construct the face of a friend they would like to play with. Children demonstrated clear awareness of race and some preference for the facial features of the Caucasian race. Especially significant was the amount of awareness of and preference for the hair of the Caucasian face puzzle. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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