The Effects Of Prejudice On Interpersonal Relationships Within Adolescent Peer Groups

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The study that I chose for social psychology was conducted by Poteat Mereish, and Birkett. The name of their article is “The Negative Effects of Prejudice on Interpersonal Relationships within Adolescent Peer Groups.” Social psychologists study how people affect and are affected by other people and by their social and physical environments (“All About Social Psychology,” 2016). Peers often play an important role in socializing attitudes and behaviors while we are young. According to the theory of homophily, people tend to associate and bond with people who are similar resulting in peers having similar prejudices. These include racial and sexual prejudices. The researchers of this study wanted to find out more about whether group-level sexual prejudice predicts subsequent interpersonal interactions among peers over time. They hoped that information from this study could provide additional insight into the relational effects of prejudice. Their hypothesis was that the interactions among adolescents in peer groups with greater group-level sexual prejudice would be more negative than those in groups with less group-level sexual prejudice.
Researchers randomly selected 618 students from a high school in New England who were in grades 9 through 12. Fifty-five percent were female and forty-five percent were male. Parents were required to sign consent forms in order for students to participate in the study. The students were given a general description of the study…

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