Stereotype persistance and change among college students

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In an effort to study the persistance of ethnic stereotypes over time, the author repeated the 1933 study of Katz and Braly (see 8: 3181). The degree of agreement among students in assigning characteristics from a list of 84 adjectives to different races was determined. “The principal conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the present generation of college students is more reluctant than the previous generation to make stereotyped generalizations about the character of ethnic groups, especially those with whom they have had little contact.” Generalizations made tend to be based more on cultural and historical realities and less on fictitious caricatures or parents' prejudices. 18 references. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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