On implicit racial prejudice against infants.

Lukas J. Wolf, Gregory Maio, Johan Karremans, Caroline Leygue

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Because of the innocence and dependence of children, it would be reassuring to believe that implicit racial prejudice against out-group children is lower than implicit prejudice against out-group adults. Yet, prior research has not directly tested whether or not adults exhibit less spontaneous prejudice toward child targets than adult targets. Three studies addressed this issue, contrasting adults with very young child targets. Studies 1A and B revealed that participants belonging to an ethnic majority group (White Europeans) showed greater spontaneous favorability toward their ethnic in-group than toward an ethnic out-group (South Asians), and this prejudice emerged equally for infant and adult targets. Study 2 found that this pattern occurred even when race was not a salient dimension of categorization in the implicit measure. Thus, there was a robust preference for in-group children over out-group children, and there was no evidence that this prejudice is weaker than that exhibited toward adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-800
Number of pages12
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
Volume20
Issue number6
Early online date21 Feb 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

Fingerprint

Racism
prejudice
infant
outgroup
Ethnic Groups
ethnic structure
Group
Racial Prejudice
Prejudice
Research
evidence

Cite this

On implicit racial prejudice against infants. / Wolf, Lukas J.; Maio, Gregory; Karremans, Johan; Leygue, Caroline.

In: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Vol. 20, No. 6, 01.11.2017, p. 789-800.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wolf, Lukas J. ; Maio, Gregory ; Karremans, Johan ; Leygue, Caroline. / On implicit racial prejudice against infants. In: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 2017 ; Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 789-800.
@article{b8a87d115c664291bf917d961b9c935a,
title = "On implicit racial prejudice against infants.",
abstract = "Because of the innocence and dependence of children, it would be reassuring to believe that implicit racial prejudice against out-group children is lower than implicit prejudice against out-group adults. Yet, prior research has not directly tested whether or not adults exhibit less spontaneous prejudice toward child targets than adult targets. Three studies addressed this issue, contrasting adults with very young child targets. Studies 1A and B revealed that participants belonging to an ethnic majority group (White Europeans) showed greater spontaneous favorability toward their ethnic in-group than toward an ethnic out-group (South Asians), and this prejudice emerged equally for infant and adult targets. Study 2 found that this pattern occurred even when race was not a salient dimension of categorization in the implicit measure. Thus, there was a robust preference for in-group children over out-group children, and there was no evidence that this prejudice is weaker than that exhibited toward adults.",
author = "Wolf, {Lukas J.} and Gregory Maio and Johan Karremans and Caroline Leygue",
year = "2017",
month = "11",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/1368430216629812",
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "789--800",
journal = "Group Processes and Intergroup Relations",
issn = "1368-4302",
publisher = "Sage Publications",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - On implicit racial prejudice against infants.

AU - Wolf, Lukas J.

AU - Maio, Gregory

AU - Karremans, Johan

AU - Leygue, Caroline

PY - 2017/11/1

Y1 - 2017/11/1

N2 - Because of the innocence and dependence of children, it would be reassuring to believe that implicit racial prejudice against out-group children is lower than implicit prejudice against out-group adults. Yet, prior research has not directly tested whether or not adults exhibit less spontaneous prejudice toward child targets than adult targets. Three studies addressed this issue, contrasting adults with very young child targets. Studies 1A and B revealed that participants belonging to an ethnic majority group (White Europeans) showed greater spontaneous favorability toward their ethnic in-group than toward an ethnic out-group (South Asians), and this prejudice emerged equally for infant and adult targets. Study 2 found that this pattern occurred even when race was not a salient dimension of categorization in the implicit measure. Thus, there was a robust preference for in-group children over out-group children, and there was no evidence that this prejudice is weaker than that exhibited toward adults.

AB - Because of the innocence and dependence of children, it would be reassuring to believe that implicit racial prejudice against out-group children is lower than implicit prejudice against out-group adults. Yet, prior research has not directly tested whether or not adults exhibit less spontaneous prejudice toward child targets than adult targets. Three studies addressed this issue, contrasting adults with very young child targets. Studies 1A and B revealed that participants belonging to an ethnic majority group (White Europeans) showed greater spontaneous favorability toward their ethnic in-group than toward an ethnic out-group (South Asians), and this prejudice emerged equally for infant and adult targets. Study 2 found that this pattern occurred even when race was not a salient dimension of categorization in the implicit measure. Thus, there was a robust preference for in-group children over out-group children, and there was no evidence that this prejudice is weaker than that exhibited toward adults.

U2 - 10.1177/1368430216629812

DO - 10.1177/1368430216629812

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 789

EP - 800

JO - Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

JF - Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

SN - 1368-4302

IS - 6

ER -