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English children's representations of national groups

Buchanan-Barrow, Eithne, Barrett, Martyn and Lyons, Evanthia (2001) English children's representations of national groups


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Previous research into English children's conceptions of national groups, both their own ingroup and outgroups, has revealed developmental trends. With respect to variability, childrenÕs descriptions of both the national ingroup and national outgroups become increasingly diverse with age (Barrett, Wilson & Lyons, 1999). With respect to affect, while English children's representations of their own national group become marginally less positive with age (Barrett, Wilson & Lyons, 1999), their descriptions of national outgroups become significantly more positive with age (Barrett & Short, 1992; Buchanan-Barrow, Bayraktar, Papadopoulou, Short, Lyons & Barrett, 1999; Barrett, Wilson & Lyons, 1999).

This study investigated the representations held by English children, aged 6 years, 9 years, 12 years and 15 years-old, about their own national group and about Italians, French, Spanish and Germans. The childrenÕs responses were examined for developmental trends in the perceived variability of national groups, in the evaluative and affective assessments of the groups and in the stereotypical representations reported by the children. The findings revealed significant differences associated with both age and national group and are discussed with reference to theories of childrenÕs identity development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Poster)
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Buchanan-Barrow, Eithne
Lyons, Evanthia
Date : 22 August 2001
Additional Information : Poster presented at the Xth European Conference on Developmental Psychology in Uppsala, Sweden.Click here for a list of Martyn Barrett's publications.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:43
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:22

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