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ERIC Number: EJ831534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Children's Gender- and Ethnicity-Based Reasoning about Foods
Lam, Virginia; Leman, Patrick
Social Development, v18 n2 p478-496 May 2009
This article reports two studies that investigated the ways in which children use gender and ethnicity for making judgments about food choice. In Study 1, White and Asian 5- to 10-year-olds (M = 7.37) were asked to rate how much they and others would like novel non-stereotyped foods. White children inferred that girls and White others would like the foods more than boys and Asian others would. An "ethnocentric" pattern was found where children inferred that ethnic in-group others' food-liking would be more similar to their own compared with ethnic out-group others. These patterns were replicated with adults. In Study 2, a larger range of foods was used to assess White, Black, and Asian 3- to 8-year-olds (M = 5.63), followed by gender and ethnic categorization and constancy tasks. Children from five to six years used ethnicity-based reasoning, which was influenced by their ability to categorize themselves and others by ethnicity. The role of social categories in food choice is discussed in the light of theories and research in category-based reasoning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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