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Preschool Children s Selection of Race-Related Personal Names

Author: Daniel, Jerlean E.; Daniel, Jack L.
Author Background:
Date 3/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Black-Studies
Volume/Pages 1998, 28, 4, Mar, 471-490.
Subject Matter Human Behavior
Abstract An examination of the extent to which preschool children attach character & behavioral characteristics to African- & Caucasian American names, drawing on data from interviews with 182 children, ages 4-5, enrolled in a Head Start program in a large metropolitan area. Names were selected from those given most frequently to African American & white children born in PA, 1990-1994, omitting names equally popular with both groups. Repeated measures ANOVAs showed that, while African American children selected African American names about equally for positive & negative situations, white children picked African American names significantly more often for negative than positive situations, suggesting that white children have begun to make more negative behavior attributions based on race; gender differences are also discussed. 5 Tables, 3 Figures, 24 References. J. Lindroth