ERIC Number: EJ823496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Racial Identity, Social Context, and Race-Related Social Cognition in African Americans during Middle Childhood
Rowley, Stephanie J.; Burchinal, Margaret R.; Roberts, Joanne E.; Zeisel, Susan A.
Developmental Psychology, v44 n6 p1537-1546 Nov 2008
This study examined the effect of changes in racial identity, cross-race friendships, same-race friendships, and classroom racial composition on changes in race-related social cognition from 3rd to 5th grade for 73 African American children. The goal of the study was to determine the extent to which preadolescent racial identity and social context predict expectations of racial discrimination in cross-race social interactions (social expectations). Expectations of racial discrimination were assessed using vignettes of cross-race social situations involving an African American child in a social interaction with European Americans. There were 3 major findings. First, expectations for discrimination declined slightly from 3rd to 5th grade. Second, although racial composition of children's classrooms, number of European American friends, gender, and family poverty status were largely unrelated to social expectations, having more African American friends was associated with expecting more discrimination in cross-racial interactions from 3rd to 5th grade. Third, increases in racial centrality were related to increases in discrimination expectations, and increases in public regard were associated with decreases in discrimination expectations. These data suggest that as early as 3rd grade, children are forming attitudes about their racial group that have implications for their cross-race social interactions.
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Children, Racial Attitudes, Poverty, Racial Discrimination, Racial Integration, Racial Identification, Friendship, Social Cognition, Social Environment, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Prediction, White Students, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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