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Citation

Roberts SO, Gelman SA. Dev. Psychol. 2016; 52(6): 887-893.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2016, American Psychological Association)

DOI

10.1037/dev0000132

PMID

27148779

PMCID

PMC4882227

Abstract

Recent research questions whether children conceptualize race as stable. We examined participants' beliefs about the relative stability of race and emotion, a temporary feature. Participants were White adults and children ages 5-6 and 9-10 (Study 1) and racial minority children ages 5-6 (Study 2). Participants were presented with target children who were happy or angry and Black or White and were asked to indicate which of 2 adults (a race but not emotion match or an emotion but not race match) each child would grow up to be. White adults, White 9- to 10-year-olds, and racial minority 5- to 6-year-olds selected race matches, whereas White 5- to 6-year-olds selected race and emotion matches equally. These data suggest that beliefs about racial stability vary by age and social group. (PsycINFO Database Record

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