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Race-Based Humor and Peer Group Dynamics in Adolescence: Bystander Intervention and Social Exclusion

Mulvey, KL; Palmer, SB; Abrams, D; (2016) Race-Based Humor and Peer Group Dynamics in Adolescence: Bystander Intervention and Social Exclusion. Child Development , 87 (5) pp. 1379-1391. 10.1111/cdev.12600. Green open access

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Abstract

Adolescents’ evaluations of discriminatory race-based humor and their expectations about peer responses to discrimination were investigated in 8th- (Mage = 13.80) and 10th-grade (Mage = 16.11) primarily European-American participants (N = 256). Older adolescents judged race-based humor as more acceptable than did younger adolescents and were less likely to expect peer intervention. Participants who rejected discrimination were more likely to reference welfare/rights and prejudice and to anticipate that peers would intervene. Showing awareness of group processes, adolescents who rejected race-based humor believed that peers who intervened would be more likely to be excluded. They also disapproved of exclusion more than did participants who supported race-based humor. Results expose the complexity of situations involving subtle discrimination. Implications for bullying interventions are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Race-Based Humor and Peer Group Dynamics in Adolescence: Bystander Intervention and Social Exclusion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12600
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12600
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Authors. Child Development published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Research in Child Development This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development > IOE - PHD Centre for Inclusive Educ
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529212
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