Durkin, Kevin and Nesdale, Drew and Dempsey, Gemma and McLean, Amanda (2011) Young children's responses to media representations of intergroup threat and ethnicity. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. ISSN 0261-510XFull text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Two studies are reported in which ethnic majority children's reactions to media representations of ethnic minorities are examined. In Study 1, 20 white Scottish 6-year-olds viewed short television stories in which white or ethnic minority children were depicted as hostile to the participants’ in-group (threat present) or not (threat absent). A strong effect of threat on liking was obtained but no effect of ethnicity of target and no interaction. In Study 2, 4- and 6-year-old white Scottish children viewed PowerPoint displays in which Scottish people were shown only as white (traditional version) or as ethnically diverse (multicultural version). Intergroup threat was manipulated. Again, a strong effect of threat was obtained. However, when threat was absent, participants exposed to the traditional condition liked the white out-group more than the multi-ethnic out-group, while participants exposed to the multicultural condition liked the multi-ethnic out-group more than the white out-group. The results are interpreted as consistent with the predictions of Social Identity Development Theory.
|Keywords:||developmental psychology, media , intergroup attitudes, ethnicity, Psychology, Developmental Neuroscience, Developmental and Educational Psychology|
|Subjects:||Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||20 Mar 2012 11:03|
|Last modified:||27 Apr 2016 18:23|