Social identity in young New Zealand children

Judith Bruce, Heather Curtis, Lucy Johnston

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The present research compared the ethnic identity and preferences of young Maori children who attended either a bilingual unit within a state school or a state school without a bilingual unit. In addition, ingroup favouritism was investigated through the attribution of positive and negative behaviours to dark and light skinned targets. Results demonstrated stronger ingroup identity, but also stronger outgroup preference, amongst Maori children at the school without a bilingual unit than amongst Maori children at the bilingual unit. Outgroup favouritism in the attribution of positive behaviours was seen at both schools. Results are discussed in terms of social identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes


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