ERIC Number: EJ724227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Stereotypes and Beliefs about Different Ethnic Groups in Spain: A Study with Spanish and Latin American Children Living in Madrid
Enesco, Ileana; Navarro, Alejandra; Paradela, Isabel; Guerrero, Silvia
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology: an international lifespan journal, v26 n6 p638-659 Nov-Dec 2005
96 Spanish and Latin American children from 3 grades in Madrid reported their knowledge of positive and negative stereotypes regarding Spaniards, Gypsies, Latin American and Chinese people. Their personal beliefs about these four ethnic groups were also assessed. Stereotypes about Spaniards were perceived as overwhelmingly positive and least negatively while stereotypes about Gypsies were rarely positive and often negative. Spanish children attributed more positive and fewer negative stereotypes to Chinese immigrants than Latin American children did. Older children reported more positive stereotypes about Gypsies than younger children and older Spanish children reported fewer positive stereotypes for their own group than their younger counterparts. Older children's personal beliefs about Gypsies were less consistent with negative stereotypes than younger children's. Older children also showed greater discrepancy of their personal beliefs with positive stereotypes of Spaniards than younger children did. Findings are discussed within the context of socio-cognitive approaches.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Spanish Speaking, Ethnic Stereotypes, Intergroup Relations, Racial Bias, Student Attitudes, Ethnic Groups, Attitude Measures, Age Differences
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Madrid)