Children's use of race and gender as cues to social status

Marjorie Rhodes
Social hierarchies are ubiquitous and determine a wide range of personal and intergroup outcomes, yet surprisingly little is known about when children develop beliefs about the structure of status hierarchies they might find in their communities. The present study (3.5-6.9 years; N = 420) found that the beliefs that social status varies by gender and race emerge in early childhood. For gender, children expected males to be higher status, and this expectation was unrelated to...
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