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May Ling Halim, PhD

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In the Culture and Social Identity Development Laboratory, we study how children's social identities (gender identity, racial/ethnic identity) develop from preschool to early elementary school.

We examine changes in social identities over time (e.g., being a “girly girl” in preschool, then a tomboy in elementary school), and we investigate what social cognitive factors (e.g., awareness of stereotypes) lead to these changes. We also examine what consequences come about due to children's social identities. These consequences might include health and well-being, academic engagement, and intergroup attitudes (e.g., attitudes toward girls and boys or toward children from different ethnic groups).

 

 

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