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Interracial Perceptions Among High School Students

Martin Patchen, Gerhard Hofmann and James D. Davidson
Sociometry
Vol. 39, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 341-354
DOI: 10.2307/3033499
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3033499
Page Count: 14
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Interracial Perceptions Among High School Students
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Abstract

This paper presents data concernings: a) dimensions underlying interracial perceptions; b) ways in which students see other-race schoolmates with respect to these perceptual dimensions; and c) the accuracy of the interracial perceptions. Data were obtained from almost 2,000 black students and over 2,000 white students in eleven high schools of Indianapolis. Whites tended to see blacks in terms of a general negative and a general positive dimension but blacks distinguished more between different positive and negative aspects of whites. Those perceived differences between the races which were based on observable traits appeared to be somewhat accurate, but those based on judgments of motives were not.

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