ERIC Number: ED223752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Sex, Race, and Prior Interracial Contact on Children's Peer Preferences in a New Desegregated School.
Whitley, Bernard E., Jr.; Schofield, Janet Ward
In a newly desegregated school, sixth graders with varying degrees of previous interracial contact were asked to rate their classmates as preferred work or play partners. Results indicated that: (1) there were no differences in cross-race ratings made by students with a great deal of prior interracial contact and those with little prior interracial contact; (2) there were no increases in cross-race ratings between the beginning and the end of the desegregation year during which the study was made; and (3) similarity of sex was a more powerful determinant of peer preferences than similarity of race. The study suggested that desegregation has no effect on cross-race preferences. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (54th, Minneapolis, MN, May 6-8, 1982).