Cross‐Cultural Differences in Children’s Beliefs About the Objectivity of Social Categories: Erratum

Gil Diesendruck, Rebecca Goldfein-Elbaz, Marjorie Rhodes, Susan Gelman, Noam Neumark

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Reports an error in "Cross‐cultural differences in children's beliefs about the objectivity of social categories" by Gil Diesendruck, Rebecca Goldfein‐Elbaz, Marjorie Rhodes, Susan Gelman and Noam Neumark (Child Development, 2013[Nov-Dec], Vol 84[6], 1906-1917). In the original article a mistake was made in the labeling of bars in the figure. The revised, corrected figure is presented in the erratum. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2013-39977-009). The present study compared 5- and 10-year-old North American and Israeli children’s beliefs about the objectivity of different categories (n = 109). Children saw picture triads composed of two exemplars of the same category (e.g., two women) and an exemplar of a contrasting category (e.g., a man). Children were asked whether it would be acceptable or wrong for people in a different country to consider contrasting exemplars to be the same kind. It was found that children from both countries viewed gender as objectively correct and occupation as flexible. The findings regarding race and ethnicity differed in the two countries, revealing how an essentialist bias interacts with cultural input in directing children’s conceptualization of social groups
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)659
JournalChild Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2015


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