How a young person may be influenced to become prejudiced
Updated: Oct 25, 2020
'Prejudice' is the thoughts that are in a person's head about other people - it is the pre-judging of someone or some people that belong to a particular group. Prejudice can be a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason, fact or actual experience but usually on what people have heard about others.
A young person may be influenced to become prejudiced because of:
The young person may not know enough about a person or group of people and so may become prejudiced because of what they have heard others say about that person/group of people.
Parents and other family members may hold strong negative views about people of a different religion/race/background. The young person may accept these as 'true' or 'right' and become prejudiced by believing these views.
The young person's friends/peers may hold negative stereotypical views about people of a different religion/race/background. The young person may accept these prejudiced views and be influenced to become prejudiced to remain part of the friendship group.
The local community may reinforce a young person's views about people with a different religion/race/background. This can influence a young person to become prejuduced as they accept these views as correct and do not know any different.
The media may present a negative image of certain religions and/or races of people. This can influence a young person's views about the religion/race/background of certain groups of people and so they may become prejudiced as they become convinced that these views are true.
A young person may be a member of a religious group that may be intolerant of different religions/races/backgrounds. This may influence a young person to become and remain prejudiced as they accept their religious beliefs as correct.
A young person may have a 'bad' experience of others who identify with a certain religion/race. The young person may develop negative stereotypical views about everyone of this religion/race and become prejudiced as they believe that all people of this religion/race are all the same.