ERIC Number: ED394093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-11
Racial Attitude Development and Inter-Ethnic Experiences of White University Students.
Patterson, Bryan T.
Relations between ethnic groups on the nation's college campuses are being viewed with increasing interest. Research suggests that the presence of certain types of interracial or inter-ethnic experiences appear to positively influence White college students' racial attitudes. The purpose of this document is to address how the racial attitudes of White university students may develop throughout college in relation to academic class level and to specific inter-ethnic experiences. White college students (n=270) completed a packet including the White Racial Identity Attitude Scale, the Purdue Master Attitude Scale, and the Inter-ethnic Experiences Questionnaire (created for this study). Results indicated students do not differ by academic level in racial identity and attitudes reported. This finding suggests that White university students do not seem to develop more positive nor more negative racial attitudes as they progress through college. Other results indicated that social experience is related to overall racial identity and to attitudes toward Black and Hispanic persons. Analyses did not support that social experience contributed to attitudes regarding Asian American or American Indian persons. Limitations addressed were the time of year students were surveyed, the non-random, cross sectional nature of the study, and generalizability concerns. Multiple recommendations were addressed. Contains 19 references and 6 tables. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 11-15, 1995).