ERIC Number: EJ718194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Group Norms, Threat, and Children's Racial Prejudice
Nesdale, Drew; Maass, Anne; Durkin, Kevin; Griffiths, Judith
Child Development, v76 n3 p652-663 May 2005
To assess predictions from social identity development theory (SIDT; Nesdale, 2004) concerning children's ethnic/racial prejudice, 197 Anglo-Australian children ages 7 or 9 years participated in a minimal group study as a member of a team that had a norm of inclusion or exclusion. The team was threatened or not threatened by an out-group that was of the same or different race. Consistent with SIDT, prejudice was greater when the in-group had a norm of exclusion and there was threat from the out-group. Norms and threat also interacted with participant age to influence ethnic attitudes, although prejudice was greatest when the in-group had an exclusion norm and there was out-group threat. The implications of the findings for SIDT are discussed.
Descriptors: Children, Racial Bias, Social Bias, Norms, Ethnicity, Foreign Countries, Behavior Standards, Peer Influence, Age Differences, Child Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia