Creating a more inclusive society: social-developmental research on intergroup relations in childhood and adolescence

João H. C. António, Rita Correia, Allard R. Feddes, Rita Morais

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This chapter gives a comprehensive and broad overview on how intergroup relations develop in childhood. The review touches several important aspects such as acculturation goals of minorities and their meta-perceptions of the majorities' acculturation preferences, the importance of social comparisons as well as the way how the broader social context, particularly more inclusive superordinate categories, is related to status asymmetries between children from different ethnic background. The importance to take into account social context factors in the understanding of intergroup relations is one of the most important take home messages from this chapter. For instance, effects of as well as preferences for acculturation strategies such as assimilation or integration depend on minorities' perceptions of what the majority expects them to be or do. It was the challenge to deal with results of research conducted in Portugal that contradicted previous findings in Anglo-Saxon countries that inspired and required the advancement in theorizing towards more contextual models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe social developmental construction of violence and intergroup conflict
EditorsJorge Vala, Sven Waldzus, Maria Manuela Calheiros
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319427270
ISBN (Print)9783319427263, 9783319826479
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Intergroup meta-perceptions
  • Prejudice development
  • Acculturation
  • Status positions
  • Intergroup relations


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