Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952668 | Print ISBN: 9781412909488 | Online ISBN: 9781412952668| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Measures of Racial Prejudice
Kimberlee M. Roy
Racial prejudice is an aspect of human behavior that psychologists have tried to measure in a variety of ways. There is currently some debate about the best way to measure racial prejudice. Fueling this debate is the difficulty of measuring racial prejudice. In today's society, exhibiting racial prejudice is not socially acceptable; therefore, it is sometimes difficult to assess a behavior or feeling that people are unwilling to admit to others or are sometimes unwilling to admit to themselves. Researchers in the area of racial prejudice are careful to define the types of prejudice that they are attempting to measure. These include blatant, subtle, aversive, and symbolic forms of racism. Blatant racism is defined as the expression of overt disdain for people of another race. Subtle racism is defined as the expression of ideas of racial preference that are hidden behind more socially acceptable ideals, such as economic or Aversive ...