ERIC Number: EJ696287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-1
Adolescents' Intergroup Attributions: A Comparison of Two Social Identities.
Tarrant, Mark; North, Adrian C.; Hargreaves, David J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v33 n3 p177 Jun 2004
This study investigated the intergroup perceptions of 2 social groups. English adolescents aged 14-15 years were asked to make causal attributions for various positive and negative behaviors performed by members of an in-group and an out-group. In the first condition (n = 45), participants rated members of their own peer group and members of a peer group to which they did not belong. Participants in the second condition (n = 45) rated English adolescents and members of a national out-group (either France or Germany). Results showed that participants in both conditions reported perceptions that were biased towards the formation of a favorable in-group evaluation. However, the relationship between intergroup discrimination and identification with the in-group was in the expected direction for participants in the peer group condition only. This observation is explained in terms of the potential level of identity threat posed by the prevalent intergroup context.KEY WORDS: adolescent peer groups; social identity; causal attribution.
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Identifiers - Location: France; Germany