Friendship Preferences Among German and Turkish Preadolescents

Jugert, Philipp; Noack, Peter and Rutland, Adam. 2011. Friendship Preferences Among German and Turkish Preadolescents. Child Development, 82(3), pp. 812-829. ISSN 0009-3920 [Article]

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This study examined changes in and predictors of preference for same-ethnic friendships among German (N = 106) and Turkish (N = 45) preadolescents (M age = 10.4 years) during their 1st year in an ethnically heterogeneous school. Drawing on the contact hypothesis, it examined the relation between children’s attitudes and their preference for same-ethnic friendship. Among both German and Turkish children, the latter decreased over time and its variability was predicted by intergroup attitudes and peer norms about cross-ethnic friendships. Outgroup orientation and perceived contact conditions predicted only German children’s preference for same-ethnic friendships. Over time, classroom identification increasingly reduced preference for same-ethnic friendships among Turkish children. The results showed that interindividual attitudes were related to children’s level of intergroup contact.

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08 Oct 2013 14:30

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04 Jul 2017 12:43

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