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ERIC Number: EJ1014489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
The Role of Social Identity Complexity in Inter-Group Attitudes among Young Adolescents
Knifsend, Casey A.; Juvonen, Jaana
Social Development, v22 n3 p623-640 Aug 2013
To supplement research on adolescent social identities, the current study examined how social identity complexity relates to ethnic inter-group attitudes in a young adolescent sample (N = 97; "age range" = 12-14 years). Social identity complexity refers to the perceived overlap of groups with which youth align themselves. Descriptive analyses revealed that the most prevalent social groups were based on out-of-school sports and in-school extracurricular activities. On average, participants reported a moderate degree of overlap among their social in-groups. Results of regression analyses showed that high social identity complexity relates to positive inter-group attitudes, both cross-sectionally in seventh grade and longitudinally across eighth grade. These findings suggest that high social identity complexity may have implications for the ways in which school-based activity groups are structured to promote inter-group attitudes. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure
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