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Question #92436 posted on 07/08/2019 12:18 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a question that may not have an answer, but as most of the writers are still at the university there may be a resource there that may help answer this question.

I'm sure most people have heard of the famous "Doll Test", in which children of different ethnicities ascribe attributes to dolls of different skin color. These test seem to always be administered to children living in diverse areas, where various ethnicities live side by side.

My question then is this: has the "Doll Test" ever been administered to children from homogeneous cultures? That is, places with exclusively white or black populations? If so, what were the results? Did they differ? How did the children view other (or their own) races with minimal exposure beyond their homogeneous culture?

If such a study has been done, more information would be helpful. Thanks.



Dear person,

I looked into the literature briefly and I can't find anything about the doll test being administered to children of racially/ethnically homogenous populations. I did find an article where the doll test was done in South Africa to see if children simply prefer dolls that resemble the majority (there are more black people than white people in South Africa). But it addresses quite a different question than the one you propose.