Decoupling children's gender-based in-group positivity from out-group negativity
Attitudes, In-group, Social identity
In the current study we attempted to determine whether children's gender-based intergroup biases reflect positive attitudes toward the in-group and/or negative attitudes toward the out-group. Third through fifth grade children were asked to determine whether positive and negative traits described boys, girls, both genders, or nobody. This methodology allowed for separate evaluation of in-group favoritism and out-group derogation. Girls and children who perceived their gender as important viewed their in-group as having more positive than negative attributes and more positive and less negative attributes than the out-group. Boys and children who viewed gender as less important viewed both genders as having more positive than negative attributes. These results support Brewer's (Journal of Social Issues 55:429-444, 1999) claim that in-group love and out-group hate are not reciprocally related. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007.
Department of Psychology
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Susskind, Joshua E. and Hodges, Cynthia, "Decoupling children's gender-based in-group positivity from out-group negativity" (2007). Faculty Publications. 2598.