An exploratory study of the effects of young children's color biases, racial attitudes, and racial preferences on their sharing behavior

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Millie Caridad Munoz (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Nancy White

Abstract: The primary purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between children's color/race biases and preferences and their sharing behaviors toward children of similar and differing races. A secondary, but nevertheless important, purpose was to determine if a white color/race bias and preference continues to exist among the majority of both black and white preschoolers as has been suggested by the bulk of the current literature. The investigation also attempted to determine if color bias was an influencing factor in the development of racial attitude and racial preference. Subjects consisted of 40 low-income black and white males, ages three to five years, attending various federal,community, and privately sponsored day-care centers in the metropolitan city of Greensboro, North Carolina. Only children whose day-care fees were subsidized, at least in part, by a social agency were selected as subjects.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Race awareness in children
Race discrimination

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