An observational study of race and gender homophily in nursery children

Weisz, Shayna R. and Russell, Yvan I. ORCID logoORCID: (2022) An observational study of race and gender homophily in nursery children. North American Journal of Psychology, 24 (4) . pp. 691-700. ISSN 1527-7143 [Article] (Accepted/In press)

PDF - Published version (with publisher's formatting)
Download (263kB) | Preview


Homophily (the preference for similar others) is a commonplace feature of social life. In this observational study, we recorded association patterns (based on spatial proximity or verbal or physical interaction) among children aged 3-4 years old during unstructured playtime in a university nursery. A basic social network analysis and a quadratic assignment procedure revealed gender and race to be significant predictive factors of social interaction, with girls seemingly displaying more racial homophily than boys. Age, parent occupation and number of siblings did not predict interaction patterns.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 36760
Notes on copyright: © NAJP.
North American Journal of Psychology, 2022, Vol. 24, No. 4, 691-700.
The full text of the published article is reproduced in this repository with publisher permission.
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Yvan Russell
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2022 10:22
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2022 04:04

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Activity Overview
6 month trend
6 month trend

Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.