Effects of Sudden Mass School Desegregation on Interracial Interaction and Attitudes in One Southern City


  • Irwin Silverman,

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    1. York University
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  • Marvin E. Shaw

    1. University of Florida
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      The authors express their gratitude to the Alachua County Board of Education and to the Principals and other administrators of the various schools for their assistance and cooperation throughout the project. Martha Kemp, Bobbie Irving and Edward Leach were the observers for this study and also provided many helpful suggestions. A report of this work was presented in a symposium at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, April 1971.

Department of Psychology, York University, Downsview 463, Ontario.


The extent to which blacks and whites interacted socially on school grounds and their attitudes toward each other were ascertained across time during the first semester of an integration program in three southern secondary schools. Interracial interactions remained sparse throughout the semester and over time showed no increases approaching significance though attitudes did become more tolerant. Several effects on both variables related to race, sex, and grade level are reported.