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Social Identity Complexity, Ethnic/Racial Identity, and Prosocial Attitudes in Pre-Adolescents
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Master of Science
Date of Defense:
October 26, 2018
Martha Ellen Wadsworth, Thesis Advisor
Jonathan Emdin Cook, Committee Member
Yo Jackson, Committee Member
social identity complexity
This study investigated how ethnic/racial identity relate to social identity complexity in youth. Social identity complexity is a measure of the perceived homogeneity or overlap of a person’s social ingroups and is generally related to positive intergroup attitudes. A diverse sample of pre-adolescents (N = 97, Mage = 11.28) completed measures of social identity complexity, pro-social attitudes, ethnic/racial identity, and familial ethnic socialization. Contrary to theory, social identity complexity was not directly associated with pro-social attitudes. However, familial ethnic socialization moderated the relationship between social identity complexity and pro-social attitudes.
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