Title

Accent-Based Prejudice in Preschool Children

Department

Psychology

Publication Year

2007

Abstract

This study examined the presence of accent-based prejudice in Southern California preschool children (32 males, 24 females, mean age = 56 months). After hearing a pre-recorded story, participants rated a fictional character who spoke with Hispanic and Standard American English (SAE) accents. Ratings were made using a modified form of the Preschool Racial Attitudes Measure II (PRAM-II). No significant differences were found between participants' ratings of the Hispanic and SAE accents. Since accent-based prejudice has been found in studies with adults, future research may be warranted to determine at what age or developmental stage this type of prejudice may appear.

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