Four hundred twenty-six white male and female, ninth and eleventh graders completed questionnaires that evaluated race, homosexual, HIV/AIDS, and fat prejudice, and sex-role stereotyping. A factor of intolerance was determined using all five scales. Regression analyses evaluated whether the association of prejudice attitudes among friends was conditional on friendship reciprocity, closeness, having one versus two friends, congruity of friends’ prejudices, authoritative parenting, and degree of prejudice of the target adolescent. Friends’ prejudices and stereotypes were not associated. Possible explanations were offered, including: discussions of prejudice and stereotyping may be rare among students; adolescents assume that their friends have similar attitudes to their own and thus don’t question apparent differences; and adolescents may influence each other’s behaviors, but not prejudices or stereotypes.
Ritchey, P. Neal and Fishbein, Harold D.
"The Lack of an Association Between Adolescent Friends' Prejudices and Stereotypes,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 47
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol47/iss2/3