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The problem of prejudice in children is a timely and important one and the appearance of a book devoted to this issue should be a welcome event. It is, therefore, unfortunate that this is not a first-rate volume. The book consists of 18 articles reprinted from a wide range of journals over nearly a 30-year span. The editor has organized this material into four sections, each dealing with a separate facet of prejudice: (1) Children's awareness of ethnic differences and the development of attitudes; (2) some manifestations of prejudice; (3) sociocultural and psychological causal factors in the development of prejudice; and (4) modification of prejudice. Although the main focus is on black-white relations, the editor has wisely selected at least a few papers concerning other minority groups.
Possibly, the fairest way to evaluate the success of this effort is to determine how well the editor achieved his "hope that with
PARKE RD. Prejudice in Children.. Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(4):612. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110160150023