Kristine Copping is now at the Department of Psychology, Huntingdon College.
Age and race differences in racial stereotype awareness and endorsement
Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 5, pages 971–980, May 2013
How to Cite
Copping, K. E., Kurtz-Costes, B., Rowley, S. J. and Wood, D. (2013), Age and race differences in racial stereotype awareness and endorsement. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43: 971–980. doi: 10.1111/jasp.12061
Data collection for this study was supported by National Institute of Mental Health grant P50 MH52429 to Robert Cairns. Authors were supported during the writing of this report by NSF grant DRL-0819079.
- Issue published online: 15 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2013
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: P50 MH52429
- NSF. Grant Number: DRL-0819079
Age and race differences in race stereotype awareness and endorsement were examined in 382 Black and White fourth, sixth, and eighth graders. Youths reported their own beliefs and their perceptions of adults' beliefs about racial differences in ability in two domains: academics and sports. Children's own endorsement of race stereotypes was highly correlated with their perceptions of adults' race stereotypes. Blacks reported stronger traditional sports stereotypes than Whites, and 4th- and 6th-grade Blacks reported roughly egalitarian academic stereotypes. At every grade level, Whites reported academic stereotypes that favored Whites, and 6th- and 8th-grade Whites reported sports stereotypes that favored Blacks. Results support the tenets of status theory and have implications for identity development and achievement motivation in adolescents.