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Experimenter effects on ingroup preference and self-concept of urban Aboriginal children

Pedersen, A., Walker, I. and Glass, C. (1999) Experimenter effects on ingroup preference and self-concept of urban Aboriginal children. Australian Journal of Psychology, 51 (2). pp. 82-89.

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The present study investigated the effects of experimenter (Aboriginal vs. Anglo), school culture, gender, and age on 117 Aboriginal-Australian children's ingroup preference and self-concept. Based on self-categorisation theory, an experimenter effect on ingroup preference but not on self-concept, was predicted. Past research led to a further hypothesis that the children would show outgroup preference. Results confirmed that the children showed greater ingroup preference when interviewed by an Aboriginal experimenter; no experimenter effect was found with self-concept scores. However, they did not uniformly show outgroup preference as was predicted; scores were quite heterogeneous. While age had no significant effect on ingroup preference, a negative correlation existed between age and self-concept. Self-concept scores were unrelated to ingroup preference scores. Implications of the findings and limitations of the present study are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Australian Psychological Society
Copyright: Australian Psychological Society
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