The authors explored the differential emergence and correlates of racial stereotyping in 136 children ages 4–11 years across two broad social contexts: Hawai'i and Massachusetts. Children completed measures assessing race salience, race essentialism, and in-group and out-group stereotyping. Results indicated that the type of racial stereotypes emerging with age was context dependent. In both contexts in-group stereotyping increased with age. In contrast, there was only an age-related increase in out-group stereotyping in Massachusetts. Older children in Massachusetts reported more essentialist thinking (i.e., believing that race cannot change) than their counterparts in Hawai'i, which explained their higher out-group stereotyping. These results provide insight into the factors that may shape contextual differences in racial stereotyping.
- SoE Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education
- social development
- racial stereotyping
- origins of intergroup social cognition
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- School of Education - Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology
- Centre for Psychological Approaches for Studying Education
- Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education
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