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Peer group rejection and children's outgroup prejudice

Nesdale, Drew and Durkin, K. and Maass, Anne and Kiesner, Jeff and Griffiths, Judith and Daly, Josh and McKenzie, D. (2010) Peer group rejection and children's outgroup prejudice. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31 (2). pp. 134-144. ISSN 0193 3973

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Abstract

Two simulation studies examined the effect of peer group rejection on 7 and 9 year old children's outgroup prejudice. In Study 1, children (n = 88) pretended that they were accepted or rejected by their assigned group, prior to competing with a lower status outgroup. Results indicated that rejected versus accepted children showed increased anxiety, and liked the ingroup less, but did not differ in their reduced liking for the outgroup. In Study 2, participants (n = 82) were accepted by a new group after being accepted or rejected by their initial group. Results showed that rejected versus accepted children liked the initial ingroup less, but did not differ in their greater liking for the new ingroup, nor in their level of anxiety. However, rejected compared with accepted children displayed prejudice towards the outgroup. The conditions under which peer group rejection impacts on children's outgroup prejudice are discussed.

Item type: Article
ID code: 25792
Keywords: peer group rejection, outgroup prejudice, children, intergroup attitudes, Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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Depositing user: Miss Lisa McWhinnie
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2010 10:18
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:04
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/25792

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