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ERIC Number: EJ941867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
European-American Children's Intergroup Attitudes about Peer Relationships
McGlothlin, Heidi; Killen, Melanie; Edmonds, Christina
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v23 n2 p227-250 Jun 2005
Intergroup attitudes were assessed in European-American first grade (M=6.8 years) and fourth grade (M=9.9 years) boys and girls (N=94) to test hypotheses about implicit racial biases, perceptions of similarity between peer dyads, and judgments about cross-race friendships. Two assessments, an ambiguous situations task and a perceptions of similarity task, were administered to all participants. Contrary to prior findings, participants did not display implicit racial biases when interpreting children's intentions to commit a negative moral transgression towards a peer. Implicit biases were revealed, however, when asking children to judge cross-race friendship potential. The findings on children's similarity perceptions revealed that children focused on shared interests and race when judging similarity. Given that previous meta-analyses of prejudice have pointed to cross-race friendships as a significant predictor of a reduction in prejudice, these findings help to understand what may account for the relative infrequency of intergroup friendships in childhood. Further, the findings indicate the ways in which, implicit racial biases influence friendship decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 4
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Language: English
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