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Race and Physical Handicap in Children's Preference for Other Children

Stephen A. Richardson and Jacqueline Royce
Child Development
Vol. 39, No. 2 (Jun., 1968), pp. 467-480
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1126958
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1126958
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Race and Physical Handicap in Children's Preference for Other Children
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the relative salience of skin color and physical disability in establishing children's preference for other children. The method employed was to obtain a rank-order preference of drawings in which skin color and handicap were systematically varied. Subjects were children aged 10-12 from lower-income Negro, white, and Puerto Rican families, and from upper-income white Jewish families. Results suggest that, for all subjects, physical handicap is such a powerful cue in establishing preference that it largely masks preference based on skin color. Interpretation of results was aided by use of sociometric data on race preference.

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