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October 1972

Prejudice in Children.

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Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(4):612. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110160150023

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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

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