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Attitudes Toward Interracial Dating. Michela Jones Karla Roberts Hanover College. Introduction. Would you date someone of another race? Increase in interracial relationships Recent political advertisement. Race. (Yancey, 2002) European-Americans – are least likely

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attitudes toward interracial dating

Attitudes Toward Interracial Dating

Michela Jones

Karla Roberts

Hanover College

introduction
Introduction
  • Would you date someone of another race?
  • Increase in interracial relationships
  • Recent political advertisement
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Race

(Yancey, 2002)

  • European-Americans – are least likely
  • Asian-Americans – most likely to interracially date

(Knox, Zusman, Buffington, & Hemphill, 2000)

  • Blacks twice as likely to interracially date compared to Whites
proximity gender and religion
Proximity, Gender, and Religion

(Yancey, 2002)

  • Proximity to other races - number one predictor
  • Religion
    • Catholics
  • Gender
our study
Our Study
  • Inconsistency between personal and general attitudes
  • Social Distance Theory
our study1
Our Study
  • Social Distance Scale
    • Close Kin
    • Exclude from country
  • Hypothesis
    • The difference between one person being personally receptive toward black-white dating and another person not being receptive of black-white dating is their attitudes towards African-Americans.
participants
Participants
  • 186 Respondents
  • Only used 144
  • 75% female
  • 9% Black, 91% White
methods
Methods
  • Online Questionnaire
  • Four measures
    • Personal Preferences
    • General Attitudes
    • Modern Racism Scale
    • Social Distance Scale
  • Demographics
    • Gender
    • Religion
    • Race
    • Age
    • School
    • Hometown and State
personal preferences
Personal Preferences
  • PLEASE RATE HOW ATTRACTIVE YOU MIGHT FIND SOMEONE WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS.
    • Is African American
general attitudes
General Attitudes
  • ACCORDING TO YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG, HOW SHOULD SOCIETY RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING EVENTS?
    • A White woman dates a Black man
    • A Black woman dates a White man
modern racism scale
Modern Racism Scale
  • INDICATE HOW MUCH YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS:
    • Over the past few years blacks have gotten more economically than they deserve.
    • Blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights.
    • It is easy to understand the anger of black people in America. (reversed scored)
    • (McConohay, 1986)
social distance scale
Social Distance Scale
  • ACCORDING TO YOUR FIRST REACTION, PLEASE INDICATE WHERE YOU WOULD WILLINGLY ADMIT MEMBERS OF EACH RACE (AS A GROUP, AND NOT BASED ON INDIVIDUALS)
  • PLEASE INDICATE THE LOWEST NUMBER THAT APPLIES
  • (Bogardus, 1925)
results
Results
  • Social Distance Measure
    • Partial Correlation
      • r(139) = -0.34
  • Modern Racism Scale Measure
    • Partial Correlation
      • r (141) = -0.27
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Hypothesis was supported.
    • The difference between one person being personally receptive toward black-white dating and another person not being receptive of black-white dating is their attitudes towards African-Americans.