Accent-Based Prejudice in Preschool Children
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.
Springsted, J. P. (2007). Accent-Based Prejudice in Preschool Children (Undergraduate honors thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from https://inspire.redlands.edu/cas_honors/39