National and ethnic identification, intergroup attitudes, and sport participation in the context of the London Olympics

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Lam, V. and Corson, Eliza-Jane 2013. National and ethnic identification, intergroup attitudes, and sport participation in the context of the London Olympics. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 31 (4), pp. 379-394.
AuthorsLam, V. and Corson, Eliza-Jane
Abstract

In the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics, the sense of national identity was salient. We tested children (N = 401) aged 5–15 years living near the Olympic site on national (British) and ethnic identification, national ingroup and outgroup attitudes, and sport participation. It was found that the strength of British identification peaked at age 9 years, but the strength of ethnic identification remained stable with age. Both liking for, and stereotyping of, different national groups diverged from age 9 years, but whilst stereotyping remained diverged liking converged by 15 years. The ingroup was one of the most liked, but one of the least positively stereotyped groups. Sport participation declined with age and was higher among boys, whilst the lowest socio-economic group showed the greatest discrepancy between normal and recent reported participation. The strength of British identification was associated with liking for, and stereotyping of, the British as well as sport participation, but the degree of associations varied between different groups of children.

JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
Journal citation31 (4), pp. 379-394
ISSN0261510X
Year2013
PublisherWiley and The British Psychological Society
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/bjdp.12014
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12014
Publication dates
Print01 Jun 2013
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Deposited09 Nov 2017
Copyright information© 2013 The British Psychological Society
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