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The relationship between parent and peer norms and high school students' attitudes toward Roma


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Ivandić, Lidija. (2016). The relationship between parent and peer norms and high school students' attitudes toward Roma. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Löw Stanić, Ajana].

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Roma are the most marginalized ethnic group in our society and research indicate that they are also the most common target of prejudice. In this research the aim was to investigate the relationship between parent and peer norms and attitudes toward Roma among highschool students and to reveal how this relation depends on individual susceptibility to parent or peer norms. In this research there participated 457 highschool students from Zagreb. Students' atittudes were examined using The Modern Racism Scale, Social Distance Scale, Parent and Peer Pressure Scale and sociodemographic data were also collected. Results indicate that students show slightly negative attitudes toward Roma. Living in the same country or going to school together would be acceptable situations, but they would not like to be related to Roma or to date with them. Their attitudes correlate both with parent and peer norms. The parent norm seems to be somewhat more positive than the peer norm, although students report in both cases that parents and peers would disapprove situations that include more intimate relations with Roma such as „dating a Roma girl/boy. Results also show a moderation effect of susceptibility to parent/peer influence on the relationship between attitudes toward Roma and parent norm. The relation between peer norm and attitude toward Roma is not moderated by susceptibility to parent/peer influence. Results indicate also some gender differences where girls show less prejudiced attitudes and report less prejudiced peer norms than boys.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roma, prejudice, norms, parent influence, peer influence
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Löw Stanić, Ajana
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 09:59
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 09:59

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