Discriminatory peer aggression among children as a function of minority status and group proportion in school context

Kevin Durkin, Simon Hunter, Kate A. Levin, Dermot Bergin, Derek Heim, Christine Howe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

22 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This study investigates discriminatory peer aggression among primary school aged children as a function of minority status (based on nationality, ethnicity, religion) of the target and the relative proportions of minority and majority children in the school. Participants were 925 8‐ to 12‐year‐olds attending schools in Britain. Children of minority status were no more likely than children of majority background to experience peer aggression in general. However, minority children were more likely to experience being the victims of discriminatory aggression. Two contrasting predictions were tested: that discriminatory aggression would be more likely when the minority group was relatively small in number or, alternatively, that as the proportions of children of minority backgrounds increased across schools, discriminatory aggression would be greater. The latter hypothesis was supported. Findings also revealed that in schools with a lower minority presence, discriminatory aggression experienced by majority children was significantly lower than that reported by minority children. When the school minority rate exceeded 81%, discriminatory aggression was more commonly experienced among majority children than among minority children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-251
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Discrimination
  • School Context
  • Minority Status

Cite this

Durkin, Kevin ; Hunter, Simon ; Levin, Kate A. ; Bergin, Dermot ; Heim, Derek ; Howe, Christine. / Discriminatory peer aggression among children as a function of minority status and group proportion in school context. In: European Journal of Social Psychology. 2012 ; Vol. 42, No. 2. pp. 243-251.
@article{34a6298ebb0842298d90618c2bd3f47f,
title = "Discriminatory peer aggression among children as a function of minority status and group proportion in school context",
abstract = "This study investigates discriminatory peer aggression among primary school aged children as a function of minority status (based on nationality, ethnicity, religion) of the target and the relative proportions of minority and majority children in the school. Participants were 925 8‐ to 12‐year‐olds attending schools in Britain. Children of minority status were no more likely than children of majority background to experience peer aggression in general. However, minority children were more likely to experience being the victims of discriminatory aggression. Two contrasting predictions were tested: that discriminatory aggression would be more likely when the minority group was relatively small in number or, alternatively, that as the proportions of children of minority backgrounds increased across schools, discriminatory aggression would be greater. The latter hypothesis was supported. Findings also revealed that in schools with a lower minority presence, discriminatory aggression experienced by majority children was significantly lower than that reported by minority children. When the school minority rate exceeded 81{\%}, discriminatory aggression was more commonly experienced among majority children than among minority children.",
keywords = "Discrimination, School Context, Minority Status",
author = "Kevin Durkin and Simon Hunter and Levin, {Kate A.} and Dermot Bergin and Derek Heim and Christine Howe",
year = "2012",
month = "12",
day = "21",
doi = "10.1002/ejsp.870",
language = "English",
volume = "42",
pages = "243--251",
journal = "European Journal of Social Psychology",
issn = "0046-2772",
publisher = "John Wiley & Sons",
number = "2",

}

Discriminatory peer aggression among children as a function of minority status and group proportion in school context. / Durkin, Kevin; Hunter, Simon; Levin, Kate A.; Bergin, Dermot; Heim, Derek; Howe, Christine.

In: European Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 42, No. 2, 21.12.2012, p. 243-251.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Discriminatory peer aggression among children as a function of minority status and group proportion in school context

AU - Durkin, Kevin

AU - Hunter, Simon

AU - Levin, Kate A.

AU - Bergin, Dermot

AU - Heim, Derek

AU - Howe, Christine

PY - 2012/12/21

Y1 - 2012/12/21

N2 - This study investigates discriminatory peer aggression among primary school aged children as a function of minority status (based on nationality, ethnicity, religion) of the target and the relative proportions of minority and majority children in the school. Participants were 925 8‐ to 12‐year‐olds attending schools in Britain. Children of minority status were no more likely than children of majority background to experience peer aggression in general. However, minority children were more likely to experience being the victims of discriminatory aggression. Two contrasting predictions were tested: that discriminatory aggression would be more likely when the minority group was relatively small in number or, alternatively, that as the proportions of children of minority backgrounds increased across schools, discriminatory aggression would be greater. The latter hypothesis was supported. Findings also revealed that in schools with a lower minority presence, discriminatory aggression experienced by majority children was significantly lower than that reported by minority children. When the school minority rate exceeded 81%, discriminatory aggression was more commonly experienced among majority children than among minority children.

AB - This study investigates discriminatory peer aggression among primary school aged children as a function of minority status (based on nationality, ethnicity, religion) of the target and the relative proportions of minority and majority children in the school. Participants were 925 8‐ to 12‐year‐olds attending schools in Britain. Children of minority status were no more likely than children of majority background to experience peer aggression in general. However, minority children were more likely to experience being the victims of discriminatory aggression. Two contrasting predictions were tested: that discriminatory aggression would be more likely when the minority group was relatively small in number or, alternatively, that as the proportions of children of minority backgrounds increased across schools, discriminatory aggression would be greater. The latter hypothesis was supported. Findings also revealed that in schools with a lower minority presence, discriminatory aggression experienced by majority children was significantly lower than that reported by minority children. When the school minority rate exceeded 81%, discriminatory aggression was more commonly experienced among majority children than among minority children.

KW - Discrimination

KW - School Context

KW - Minority Status

U2 - 10.1002/ejsp.870

DO - 10.1002/ejsp.870

M3 - Article

VL - 42

SP - 243

EP - 251

JO - European Journal of Social Psychology

JF - European Journal of Social Psychology

SN - 0046-2772

IS - 2

ER -