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ERIC Number: EJ1051119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
The Company They Keep and Avoid: Social Goal Orientation as a Predictor of Children's Ethnic Segregation
Wilson, Travis M.; Rodkin, Philip C.; Ryan, Allison M.
Developmental Psychology, v50 n4 p1116-1124 Apr 2014
This study examined whether social goal orientation (i.e., demonstration-approach, demonstration--avoid, and social development goals) predicts changes in ethnic segregation among 4th and 5th grade African American and European American children (n = 713, ages 9-11 years) from fall to spring. Segregation measures were (a) same-ethnicity favoritism in friendships, (b) same-ethnicity favoritism in peer group affiliations, and (c) cross-ethnicity dislike. Social goal orientation was asymmetrically associated with ethnic segregation for the 2 groups. Among African Americans, aspiring to achieve high social status predicted increases in same-ethnicity favoritism and cross-ethnicity dislike. Among European Americans, aspiring to achieve high social status predicted decreases in same-ethnicity favoritism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R03 HD48491-01