A comparison of majority-race children with and without a minority-race friend Academic Article uri icon


  • Majority-race (black or white) 1 elementary school children with and without a minority friend (black or white) in their classroom were compared on measures of social, behavioral, and affective characteristics. Analyses focused on 260 4th through 6th grade students who were racial majorities in their classrooms and had at least one reciprocated friendship in the classroom-based peer group. Overall, the results were consistent with the scenario that majority children with minority friends are high status, prosocial, and socially satisfied members of the peer group, compared to majority children without a cross-race friendship, although race and gender differences were observed. In contrast, class-level characteristics (e.g. class size, the proportion of participating children in each classroom of the majority race, and the number of minority-race children in the classroom) were not predictive of whether a majority child had a cross-race friendship or not. Implications for the current status of black-white relations among our youth were discussed.

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  • 13

author list (cited authors)

  • Lease, A. M., & Blake, J. J.

citation count

  • 79

complete list of authors

  • Lease, AM||Blake, JJ

publication date

  • February 2005