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Prejudice in Children Set As Early As Five Years of Age. Philadelphia Study Reveals

Prejudice in children is set as early as the age of five, six or seven, a study undertaken last year with the cooperation of the Philadelphia school system has revealed.

The study, which attempted to determine whether and to what extent young children are aware of racial and religious groups and young children’s attitudes toward such groups, was carried on in six schools with 250 children of various racial and religious groups. The authors of the study concluded that children at an early age clearly reflect adult patterns of rejection and hostility. The study revealed that Jewish children are more concerned with group belonging than Catholic or Protestant children.

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