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Implicit attitudes in very young children: An adaptation of the IAT


Thomas, Susan and Burton-Smith, R and Ball, PJ, Implicit attitudes in very young children: An adaptation of the IAT, Current Research in Social Psychology, 13, (7) pp. 75-85. ISSN 1088-7423 (2007) [Refereed Article]


We investigated the applicability of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to children, 100 three to seven year-olds attempting a fully non-verbal adaptation of the IAT involving insect and flower stimuli. Ninety-four achieved 75% accuracy, and these participants attempted a second IAT, incorporating fat and thin female body shapes. Implicit attitude effects in both tests occurred throughout the age range, and were consistent across age and sex. We conclude that this IAT adaptation is effective for very young children, with potential for attitudinal research in preschoolers, and that the "thin idea" is internalised at an early stage of development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychological methodology, design and analysis
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Thomas, Susan (Ms Susan Thomas)
UTAS Author:Burton-Smith, R (Dr Rosanne Burton-Smith)
UTAS Author:Ball, PJ (Mr Peter Ball)
ID Code:50589
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2008-03-21

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