Learning and Socializing Preferences in Hong Kong Chinese Children.

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The impact of social group information on the learning and socializing preferences of Hong Kong Chinese children were examined. Specifically, the degree to which variability in racial out-group exposure affects children's use of race to make decisions about unfamiliar individuals (Chinese, White, Southeast Asian) was investigated. Participants (N = 212; Mage  = 60.51 months) chose functions for novel objects after informants demonstrated their use; indicated with which peer group member to socialize; and were measured on racial group recognition, preference, and identification. Overall, children preferred in-group members, though out-group exposure and the relative social status of out-groups mattered as well. At a young age, children's specific experiences with different races influence how they learn and befriend others across racial group lines.






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Chen, Eva E, Kathleen H Corriveau, Veronica KW Lai, Sze Long Poon and Sarah E Gaither (2018). Learning and Socializing Preferences in Hong Kong Chinese Children. Child development. 10.1111/cdev.13083 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17078.

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