Learning and Socializing Preferences in Hong Kong Chinese Children.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, EE; Corriveau, KH; Lai, VKW; Poon, SL; Gaither, SE

Published Date

  • November 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 2109 - 2117

PubMed ID

  • 29708598

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cdev.13083


  • eng