ERIC Number: ED231931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Dating Preferences and Patterns of Black Students On Predominantly White Campuses.
Clark, Maxine; And Others
This is a report of a survey conducted to explore the relationships between dating patterns, dating preferences, and stereotypes of black and white Americans, among black college students on predominantly white campuses. Seventy-eight single black college students, ranging in age from 17 to 22 years old, and attending two predominantly white universities in North Carolina, answered a background information sheet on demographic data. They were then administered a dating survey to assess their actual dating habits and preferences. The survey instrument contained seven questions measuring frequency of going out, type of dating (casual or serious), racial preferences for ideal dates, and racial group(s) dated. Results indicated that: (1) the majority of black students preferred and dated blacks; (2) males were more involved in interracial casual dating than black females; (3) ninety-four percent indicated that they would consider dating a person of another race; and (4) black males had more favorable stereotypes of both black women and white women than the black female students. The report concludes that interracial dating may be more a factor of situational, rather than attitudinal, variables. (Author/AOS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portion of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences (New Orleans, LA, March, 1983).