Blatant and Subtle Prejudice in Childhood: Psychometric Properties of a Scale to Assess Developmental Differences in Prejudice among Spanish Children

By Antonio Fernández-Castillo.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The principal aims of this investigation were to develop a Spanish adaptation of a measure of subtle and blatant expressions of social prejudice among children, to evaluate the presence of these types of prejudice against immigrants during childhood and to assess age and gender-based differences.
The structure and the psychometric properties of a Spanish-language version of the social prejudice scale of Pettigrew and Meertens (1995), adapted for use with children, were studied in a sample of 572 Spanish children, aged 9 to 14.
Overall scores were higher for males than for females and of a similar order for children aged 9 and 10 and for those aged 13 and 14. The overall scores for subtle prejudice were higher than those for blatant prejudice.
The instrument had good internal consistency, and was useful for discriminating levels of both blatant and subtle prejudice, proving itself to be a useful scale for evaluating prejudice in an educational context.

Keywords: Subtle Prejudice, Blatant Prejudice, Childhood Prejudice Assessment, Intercultural Education

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.257-270. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 651.472KB).

Dr. Antonio Fernández-Castillo

Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Granada, Granada, Spain

Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology. University of Granada, Spain.

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