Attitudes of college students toward interracial dating

16-Oct-2020 10:44

Implications for university faculty, therapists, and students are suggested.

Although the marriages of Quincy Jones (musician), Charles Barkley (professional basketball player) and Roger Ebert (film critic) are interracial, less than 5% of all marriages in the United States are interracial (Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1998).

Items 17 and 18 on the 24 item questionnaire were "I am open to involvement in an interracial relationship" and "I have dated someone of another race." Respondents were asked to respond on a continuum- Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree.

The category Neither Agree nor Disagree was also an option.

An 11- item self administered questionnaire was used to collect the data.

The results indicated that race and previous interracial dating experience was associated with college students' attitudes. This thesis is part of the collection entitled: UNT Theses and Dissertations and was provided by UNT Libraries to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries.

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A final sample consisted of 389 students, recruited from first year political science classes at the University of North Texas.

Five-hundred and twenty-two respondents acknowledged an agree or disagree position on being open to interracial dating.

Five-hundred and eighty-three respondents reported that they had or had not dated interracially.

This relatively low percentage of interracial marriages has been stable for decades.

However, increased individualism, tolerance for diversity, and greater minority enrollment in colleges and universities may result in more approving attitudes of college students toward interracial relationships.

Almost one fourth (24.2%) reported having dated interracially and almost half (49.6%) expressed an openness to become involved in an interracial relationship.

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