Reducing Prejudice and Promoting Equity in Childhood
Millions of children worldwide struggle as a result of prejudice and discrimination due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, indigenous background, and age. In many countries, intergroup tension is rising amid growing immigrant populations and increasing ethnic diversity. Legal mandates are the first step in laying the foundation against discrimination and prejudice; the next step involves changes in social interactions. To be effective, intervention programs should be informed by developmental science research and used more widely.
This brief summaries a longer Social Policy Report by Melanie Killen, Professor of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, Adam Rutland, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and Martin D. Ruck, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Programs in Developmental Psychology and Urban Education at the City University of New York.