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


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Thomas, SR, Burton Smith, R and Ball, PJ 2007 , 'Implicit attitudes in very young children: an adaptation of the IAT' , Current Research in Social Psychology, vol. 13, no. 7 , pp. 75-85 .

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Thomas, SR and Burton Smith, R and Ball, PJ
Journal or Publication Title: Current Research in Social Psychology
Publisher: University of Iowa
ISSN: 1088-7423
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