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Melanie Killen, Cameron B. Richardson & Megan Clark Kelly

In: The SAGE Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination

Chapter 6: Developmental Perspectives

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Developmental Perspectives
Developmental perspectives

This chapter reviews developmental approaches to intergroup attitudes re-garding prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. How intergroup attitudes emerge, change, and are revealed throughout development is described, particularly regarding every day, familiar peer and parent-child exchanges. Social developmental psychology has drawn on social psychological constructs to understand children's and adolescents’ judgments about individuals from different group memberships (particularly gender, race, ethnicity, and culture), and has provided new insights into the emergence of intergroup attitudes. An integrative approach for investigating the development of intergroup attitudes serves to advance the field, and provide a multi-level approach for addressing pervasive problems of exclusion and prejudice from childhood to adulthood.

Intergroup Attitudes in Childhood and Adolescence

Humans have the propensity to prejudge, stereotype, and discriminate as well as the capacity ...

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