Interracial dating among college students
Those who were significantly more likely to be open to interracial dating were Blacks, cohabitants and those who were previously in interracial relationships.Much as the likes of musician Quincy Jones and professional basketball player Charles Barkley are in interracial marriages, about 5% of all marriages in the United States are interracial.This finding is in contrast to existing literature.Attitude differences between young African-American female college students and the older African-American female college students were found.About 60% of the students who had had cohabitation experience reported an openness to become involved in an interracial relationship.47% who have never cohabited expressed a similar willingness.This begins to show that cohabiting and interracial dating are similar in a way – they are considered ‘non normative’ behaviors.Its no wonder students that choose to engage in ‘non mainstream’ behavior in one area express a similar tendency in other areas.92% of those who have earlier dated interracially were open to doing so again and only 32% of those who had not dated interracially were open to it.
This study found evidence that supports existing literature on attitudes of distrust among African-American females toward African-American males, with lying, physical aggression, and cheating as top reasons.
According to this study on attitudes and behaviors of college students regarding interracial relationships, Blacks were reported to be twice as likely to be open to involvement in interracial dating as Whites.
Explanations include the greater number of whites available to blacks than vise versa, and the greater exposure of blacks to the white culture as opposed to the other way round.
Students were asked about their dating preferences for African-American men.
The study investigated how physical appearance, trust, and attitudes about interracial relationships affected their dating selection.