Development of causal attributions and evaluative responses to success and failure in Maori and Pakeha children

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Abstract

Studied ethnic differences in causal attributions for and evaluative reactions to academic success and failure. School experience seemed likely to reduce such differences. Results confirming these expectations were obtained with 7-23 yr olds of 2 New Zealand ethnic groups (Maoris and Pakehas). Ethnic differences in 7-yr-olds suggested weaker academic motivation in Maoris but generally did not support a cultural deficit or retardation interpretation. The stereotype of Maoris as less able than Pakehas appeared to influence the responses of children of both ethnic groups. (4 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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