Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Race Has Powerful Effects on Children's Perceptions of Job Status, Study Shows

Thu, June 26, 2003

Children's perceptions of job status and their own vocational interests are affected by racial segregation of the workforce according to a new study published in the May issue of Developmental Psychology, a journal published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Rebecca S. Bigler, associate professor of psychology and Cara J. Averhart, M.A., at The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Linn S. Liben, professor of psychology at The Pennsylvania State University, found that although the jobs themselves were identical, children's perception of status differed depending on the race of the worker. Read more...

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