Attitudes of college students toward interracial dating updating doors
About half (51.7%) were casually dating while the other half (48.3%) were involved in a reciprocal love relationship.
Ten months was the median number of months respondents reported dating their current partner.
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.
Previous researchers have documented the greater acceptance of blacks versus whites for interracial relationships (Rosenblatt et al., 1995).
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.
Almost one fourth (24.2%) reported having dated interracially and almost half (49.6%) expressed an openness to become involved in an interracial relationship.
Blacks, cohabitants, and those with previous interracial dating experience were significantly more likely to express an openness to become involved in an interracial relationship.
This study was designed to examine the attitudes of undergraduate students toward interracial dating.