ERIC Number: ED210402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Control Threat in Desegregated Schools: Exploring the Relationship Between School Racial Composition and Intergroup Hostility.
In a study of the relationships between school racial composition and intergroup hostility in 123 desegregated elementary schools, four measures of racial hostility were considered: (1) white attitudes toward desegregation; (2) whites' friendliness toward blacks as perceived by blacks; (3) white attitudes toward voluntary social interaction with blacks; and (4) teacher estimates of the level of intergroup conflict in the school. The results indicated significant nonlinear relationships between the black percentage of white hostility, but did not show black percentage as significant predictor of white attitudes toward contact with blacks. It was found also that maximum hostility occurs in schools between 40 percent to 60 percent black. In conclusion, it was suggested that the hostility of white students toward blacks might best be minimized by placing white students in predominantly white schools or in predominantly black schools. (JCD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1981).