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ERIC Number: ED215056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
College Students Cope With Color.
Sciara, Frank J.
College students who were preparing for service-oriented careers as teachers, social workers, nurses, and probation officers, were studied to determine whether the students held prejudicial attitudes based on skin color. Photographs of blacks and Caucasians, matched so that paired persons were of the same racial group, sex, and age level, and through photographic underexposure such that the matched pairs differed in the intensity of their skin color, were shown to the college students. The students assigned predetermined positive or negative statements concerning intelligence, personality, and appearance, to either person of a matched pair. Results indicated that darkness of skin color did not appear to have as great an effect on the students' judgment of white girls (who were regarded in a positive way most often), black girls and white boys, as it did for black boys. Prejudice based on inherited physical characteristics such as darkness of skin, coupled with gender (male) bias, was offered as an explanation for the self-fulfilling prophecy of low or negative expectations for boys who are black. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A