Black and white girls' racial preferences in media and peer choices and the role of socialization for black girls

J Fam Psychol. 2000 Sep;14(3):510-21. doi: 10.1037//0893-3200.14.3.510.


This exploratory research compared Black and White girls' racial preferences as exhibited through their media (music and television) and peer choices. The sample included 140 8- and 9-year-old Black and White girls of various socioeconomic levels. Findings suggested that both Black and White girls have more Black music preferences than White or no-race music preferences. Also, both Black and White girls made more White television program choices than Black or no-race choices. In their peer selections, all girls preferred same-race peers. Black mothers who engaged in racial socialization practices had girls who were more likely to prefer Black music and television to the other categories. Further, Black mothers who promoted more cultural distance and mothers who were poor had girls with more same-race peer preferences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Child
  • Choice Behavior*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • New York City
  • Peer Group*
  • Social Identification*
  • Socialization*
  • Television