Do children want skinny friends? The role of ‘weight’ in children’s friendship preferences and intergroup attitudes

Palmer, Sally B. and Rutland, Adam. 2011. Do children want skinny friends? The role of ‘weight’ in children’s friendship preferences and intergroup attitudes. Anales de Psicologia, 27(3), pp. 698-707. ISSN 0212-9728 [Article]

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This study examined developmental attitudes towards underweight stimuli using two different measures. Children aged 5 - 11 firstly attributed positive and negative traits to images of underweight, averageweight and overweight stimuli. A second measure investigated picture preference of the same stimuli for 3 different contexts (Total N=151). The trait attribution task revealed that weight bias overrode gender bias amongst female participants of all ages; girls significantly preferred underweight images to average-weight and overweight images. In the picture preference task, preferences for the underweight stimuli were given by both male and female 5 to 7 year olds, when selecting which stimuli they would have as a 'friend' or to 'take home to play'.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

underweight; children; weight bias; trait attribution; body type

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2011UNSPECIFIED

Item ID:

12280

Date Deposited:

22 Jul 2015 12:48

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 12:43

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12280

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