ERIC Number: EJ924227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Intergroup Contact and Evaluations of Race-Based Exclusion in Urban Minority Children and Adolescents
Ruck, Martin D.; Park, Henry; Killen, Melanie; Crystal, David S.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v40 n6 p633-643 Jun 2011
There is a dearth of published research on the role of intergroup contact on urban US ethnic minority children's and adolescents' evaluations of racial exclusion. The current investigation examined these issues in a sample of low-income minority 4th, 7th, and 10th grade (N = 129, 60% female) African American and Latino/a students attending predominately racial and ethnic minority US urban public schools. Using individual interviews, participants were presented with scenarios depicting three contexts of interracial peer exclusion (lunch at school, a sleepover party, and a school dance). Novel findings were that intergroup contact was significantly related to low-income urban ethnic minority youth's evaluations of the wrongfulness of race-based exclusion and their awareness of the use of stereotypes to justify racial exclusion. Further, significant interactions involving intergroup contact, context, age, and gender were also found. Findings illustrated the importance of intergroup contact for ethnic minority students and the complexity of ethnic minority children's and adolescents' judgments and decision-making about interracial peer exclusion.
Descriptors: Minority Group Children, Adolescents, Urban Areas, Racial Factors, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Low Income Groups, Grade 4, Grade 7, Grade 10, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Public Schools, Interviews, Vignettes, Peer Acceptance, Rejection (Psychology), Stereotypes, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 4; Grade 7
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