ERIC Number: EJ1102412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Can White Children Grow up to Be Black? Children's Reasoning about the Stability of Emotion and Race
Roberts, Steven O.; Gelman, Susan A.
Developmental Psychology, v52 n6 p887-893 Jun 2016
Recent research questions whether children conceptualize race as stable. We examined participants' beliefs about the relative stability of race and emotion, a temporary feature. Participants were White adults and children ages 5-6 and 9-10 (Study 1) and racial minority children ages 5-6 (Study 2). Participants were presented with target children who were happy or angry and Black or White and were asked to indicate which of 2 adults (a race but not emotion match or an emotion but not race match) each child would grow up to be. White adults, White 9- to 10-year-olds, and racial minority 5- to 6-year-olds selected race matches, whereas White 5- to 6-year-olds selected race and emotion matches equally. These data suggest that beliefs about racial stability vary by age and social group.
Descriptors: Race, Whites, Children, Adults, Minority Group Children, African Americans, Racial Factors, Emotional Response, Visual Stimuli, Age Differences, Social Influences, Social Cognition, Cognitive Development, Socialization, Correlation, Cultural Differences, Comparative Analysis
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Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: HD36043