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

Mulvey, Kelly Lynn, Palmer, Sally B., Abrams, Dominic (2016) Race-Based Humor and Peer Group Dynamics in Adolescence:Bystander Intervention and Social Exclusion. Child Development, 87 (5). pp. 1379-1391. ISSN 0009-3920. E-ISSN 1467-8624. (doi:10.1111/cdev.12600) (KAR id:58739)

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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

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/cdev.12600
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Mona Hodgetts
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 10:09 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
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