Ethnic Cognition and Affect of British-Born Chinese Children

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Lam, V. and Tran, Diane H. 2017. Ethnic Cognition and Affect of British-Born Chinese Children. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology. 7 (1), pp. 135-145.
AuthorsLam, V. and Tran, Diane H.
Abstract

Little research has explored the ethnic cognition and affect of ethnic Chinese children from Britain and Europe,
contrasting the established literature from North America. The present paper reports research which tested these
developmental aspects among British-born ethnic Chinese children aged 5 to 10 years from London attending a
Chinese supplementary language school. Children were given measures on categorisation skills, self- and other
identifications, target matching (by gender and ethnicity), own preference and rejection, inferred preference and
rejection of mothers, and trait attributions. Results showed that age was associated with categorisation skills and
target matching, but not self- or other ethnic identifications on which children exhibited high performance. The
majority of children preferred Chinese peers and rejected non-Chinese peers and inferred their mothers to do the
same, and own and inferred mothers’ rejection choices were related to each other. These findings are discussed
in relation to previous research findings from other ethnic minority children including British Chinese children
and ethnic Chinese children from elsewhere, and the theoretical and contextual factors that may impact British
Chinese children’s ethnic identity and attitudes.

JournalJournal of Educational and Developmental Psychology
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 135-145
ISSN1927-0526
Year2017
PublisherCanadian Centre of Science and Education (CCSE)
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5539/jedp.v7n1p135
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.5539/jedp.v7n1p135
Publication dates
Print11 Jan 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Nov 2017
Accepted20 Oct 2016
Copyright information© 2017 The authors
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