Diversity and Social Capital: The Effect of Social Identity Salience and Network Structure on the Development of Negative Relationships

Under what conditions do youth develop negative (or positive) social relationships with other youth from diverse social groups?

In formulating this question, the investigators will draw on research and theory on diversity, social networks, and social identification processes. This longitudinal study will include 550 youth from a nation-wide, youth-based organization who will each complete 6 on-line surveys. Qualitative interviews with a small sample will also be conducted. The results of this study will provide practitioners with guidance in 1) developing diversity training programs, 2) selecting appropriate conflict intervention points, and 3) creating environments in which positive social capital is likely to develop.

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