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The Development of Prejudice in Children
The development of prejudice in children

Beginning in the 1930s, a vast amount of research has addressed the development of ethnic prejudice in children, together with related issues such as the acquisition of ethnic awareness, ethnic self-identification, and ethnic stereotyping (see reviews by Aboud, 1988; Brown, 1995; Davey, 1983). Although there is a tendency to think of ethnic prejudice (i.e., unjustified feelings of dislike or hatred towards members of ethnic groups) as an adolescent or adult phenomenon, the extent of interest by researchers in children's prejudice reflects the importance attributed to it. Firstly, there is research suggesting that prejudice may be widespread among school-age children (Aboud, 1988). Secondly, since middle childhood is an important period for the formulation of social ...

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