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On implicit racial prejudice against infants

Wolf, Lukas Jarmo, Maio, Gregory Richard ORCID:, Karremans, Johan C. and Leygue, Caroline 2017. On implicit racial prejudice against infants. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations 20 (6) , pp. 789-800. 10.1177/1368430216629812

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Because of the innocence and dependence of children, it would be reassuring to believe that implicit racial prejudice against out-group children is lower than implicit prejudice against out-group adults. Yet, prior research has not directly tested whether or not adults exhibit less spontaneous prejudice toward child targets than adult targets. Three studies addressed this issue, contrasting adults with very young child targets. Studies 1A and B revealed that participants belonging to an ethnic majority group (White Europeans) showed greater spontaneous favorability toward their ethnic in-group than toward an ethnic out-group (South Asians), and this prejudice emerged equally for infant and adult targets. Study 2 found that this pattern occurred even when race was not a salient dimension of categorization in the implicit measure. Thus, there was a robust preference for in-group children over out-group children, and there was no evidence that this prejudice is weaker than that exhibited toward adults.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1368-4302
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 26 October 2015
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 19:03

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