Group status, outgroup ethnicity and children's ethnic attitudes

Nesdale, Drew, Durkin, Kevin, Maass, Anne and Griffiths, Judith (2004) Group status, outgroup ethnicity and children's ethnic attitudes. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 25 2: 237-251. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2004.02.005

Author Nesdale, Drew
Durkin, Kevin
Maass, Anne
Griffiths, Judith
Title Group status, outgroup ethnicity and children's ethnic attitudes
Journal name Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0193-3973
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.appdev.2004.02.005
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 237
End page 251
Total pages 15
Place of publication Norwood, U.S.
Publisher Ablex Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
This study tested predictions drawn from social identity development theory (SIDT; [Nesdale, D. (1999a). Social identity and ethnic prejudice in children. In: P. Martin, & W. Noble (Eds.). Psychology and society (pp. 92–110). Brisbane: Australian Academic Press; Nesdale, D. (2004). Social identity processes and children's ethnic prejudice. In M. Bennett, & F. Sani (Eds.), The development of the social self. London: Psychology Press]) concerning the development of young children's ethnic attitudes. Children aged 5, 7, and 9 years (N = 149) participated in a minimal group study in which they were randomly assigned to a team that had higher or lower drawing ability than a competitor team (social status). In addition, the competitor team was revealed to be comprised of children with the same (i.e., Anglo-Australian) or different (i.e., Pacific Islander) ethnicity as their own team (outgroup ethnicity). The children subsequently rated their liking for, and similarity to, the ingroup and the outgroup, and the extent to which they wished to change groups. The results indicated that children's liking for the ingroup was unaffected by age and outgroup ethnicity, whereas liking for the outgroup increased with age and was greater for same than for different ethnicity children. The children's attitudes toward changing groups were determined by status. The extent to which the findings provide support for SIDT is discussed.
Keyword Ethnic attitudes
Social identity development
Social motivation
Q-Index Code C1

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