ERIC Number: EJ810350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
The Influence of Race and Gender on Children's Conversations and Playmate Choices
Leman, Patrick J.; Lam, Virginia L.
Child Development, v79 n5 p1329-1343 Sep-Oct 2008
The present study examined the influence of race and gender on children's conversations and friendship choices. Four hundred and twenty-eight children (M age = 7.5 years, SD = 0.34) from 2 racial minority groups (i.e., African Caribbean and South Asian) and the racial majority group (i.e., European) chose a picture of a playmate together with a peer. Race influenced the levels of assertion and affiliation in children's conversations. The effects of race on conversation also varied according to the gender of the children involved in interaction. Same-race pairs tended to choose in-group playmates, but same-race minority pairs showed less marked in-group preference. Cross-race pairs selected a majority-group child as a playmate most often.
Descriptors: Race, Speech Communication, Peer Relationship, Friendship, Minority Groups, Gender Differences, Children
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