Improving children’s attitudes toward refugees: An evaluation of a school-based multicultural curriculum and an anti-racist intervention

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We evaluated the impact of the Friendship Project, a program designed to improve elementary school children’s attitudes toward refugees. Participants either received 4 weekly lessons based on the program, or they received no lessons. All participants completed attitude measures before and after implementation of the program. Half completed the post-test 1 week after completion of the program, while the other half completed the post-test 7 weeks after its completion. The program led to more positive attitudes toward refugees in the short term, but not in the long term. Moreover, although it did not increase empathy, the program increased the proportion of participants who preferred an acculturation strategy of integration and reduced the number of participants who had conflictual acculturative fit.

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Turner, R. N., & Brown, R. (2008). Improving Children’s Attitudes Toward Refugees: An Evaluation of a School?Based Multicultural Curriculum and an Anti?Racist Intervention 1. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38(5), 1295-1328.

About This Study:

Intervention(s): School-Based Anti-Bias Program
Intervention Duration: 4 weeks
Relevant ORR Program: Preferred Communities, Public/Private Partnership Program, Refugee Career Pathways, Refugee School Impact Program, Refugee Support Services
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Free
Direction of Evidence: Inconclusive or mixed impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Multiple Age Groups
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Multiple Regions

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