Interethnic and interracial dating in college
This study was intended to explore whether those individuals involved in intercultural, interfaith, and/or interracial romantic relationships differ in terms of a perceived sense of intimacy with their partner than those individuals who date within the same faith, culture, and race.
All of the scales have a Cronbach's Alpha Reliability Coefficient of at least .70 (Schaefer & Olson, 1981).Close friends and first-degree relatives may substantiate society's norm of homogamy and discourage the interracial couple to get married.These and other factors can impact the intercultural relationship to the point of dissolution.The current study is an attempt to assess whether there is a difference in the perceived intimacy that partners feel in intercultural versus intracultural romantic relationships for college students.Methods Subjects One hundred and seven undergraduate and graduate students at a large private southeastern university participated in this study.“Generationally, it’s been interesting to watch people, even from the same race or same culture, deal with social mores about interracial relationships changing over time.” Amber, a young black woman from Pittsburgh, is married to a white man.
Before she tied the knot, Amber confessed that her grandmother encouraged her to marry someone within her race.
One such factor is society's views of their union (O'Neal, Brown, & Abadie, 1997).
This is an important aspect, as Merton (2001) has noted, "In no society is the selection of a marriage partner unregulated and indiscriminate" (p. Hibbler & Shinew (2002) found that interracial couples felt socially isolated in several areas of their life including work, family, and leisure.
But the increased visibility, in some ways, has kind of forced us to look at each other in the eye and go, ‘Oh, I don’t really know what to do with you.’” Though interracial and interethnic couples are free to date more openly, Johnson says individuals in these relationships must navigate stereotypes, myths, preconceptions and misconceptions.
“In a way it’s gotten harder because we realize how little we know about each other,” he says.
Intracultural relationships are those in which the participants possess similar cultures, religions, ethnicity, and race and are engaged in a dating relationship (homogenous relationships).