ERIC Number: ED272620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Status of Interethnic Contact and Ethnocentrism among White, Hispanic, and Black Students.
Clark, M. L.
Research in the areas of friendship selection, interracial acceptance, interracial contact, and interracial dating was reviewed to determine the nature of intergroup relations for White, Hispanic, and Black adolescents. The findings indicate that Black, White and Hispanic adolescents prefer same-race friends. When cross-race friendships occur in majority White settings they are generally initiated by minorities and rarely reciprocated by their White peers. Black and Hispanic females may have more difficulty with interracial acceptance than their male counterparts. Demographic, social, and personality variables may affect adolescents' interracial acceptance and interethnic approach behavior. Interracial contact is limited in desegregated schools because of within-school resegregation practices. Cooperative learning team strategies, however, have some potential for enhancing intergroup contact. Many college students express a desire to interracially date and do not rule out the possibility of interracial marriage. Males have more interracial dating experience, however, than females. (A six-page reference list concludes the document.) (Author/KH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).