We administered a self-report survey instrument created by the authors to record the students’ and their respective parents’ personal openness to interracial relationships.
General Psychology is a general education course in this particular institution with a wide mixture of majors (engineering, nursing, education, business, liberal arts majors, and so forth).
They also speculated that individuals might interracially date (a) for the same “intangible” reasons of love and compatibility as individuals who date within their own race, (b) because of familiarity or desired immersion with a particular culture, and (c) because some might have “preferences” for particular skin colors as others might have for hair or eye colors.
Many areas of the country forbade interracial relationships, and punishment included imprisonment and even death (Todd & Mckinney, 1992).
The United States, historically, has been a nation of immigrants.
Through much of its history, segregation had been the norm, particularly in southern states. Beyond desegregation and other racial equality efforts, additional factors also have contributed to an increase in interracial relationships.
In sum, researchers have needs to understand better the dynamics involved within family, racial, and relationship milieus.
In this study, we addressed one specific element of the broader domain of relationship diversity.