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ERIC Number: EJ942071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Contextual Variation in Stereotype Content: An Investigation of Children's Central Tendency and Group Variability Judgements
Bennett, Mark; Sani, Fabio
Social Development, v15 n4 p693-708 Nov 2006
Drawing upon self-categorization theory, we predicted that the content of children's stereotypes concerning the gender in-group would be contextually variable. Two studies are reported, each looking at five-, seven-, and 10-year-old children's stereotypes of the gender in-group in two different contexts. Study 1 examined judgements of the perceived central tendency of the in-group on specified dimensions. Study 2 addressed judgements of perceived variability within the gender in-group on the same dimensions. Overall multivariate analysis of the data indicated that central tendency judgements were influenced by the context in which a group is considered, but that group variability judgements were not. Individual-level analyses showed that the most typical pattern of response over the two conditions, in both Studies 1 and 2, was for children to provide consistent rather than varying judgements. However, in Study 1 (but not Study 2), among those children who changed their judgements, the nature of change was precisely as predicted by self-categorization theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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