ERIC Number: ED460207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Segregation Forever? Racial Composition and Multiracial Friendship Segregation in American Schools.
Quillian, Lincoln; Campbell, Mary
Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were used to examine contextual and class influences on interracial friendship formation among black, white, Asian, and Hispanic students in grades 7-12, noting the effect of busing programs in interracial friendships and examining whether students had fewer friends in schools in which they were racial minorities. Overall, little of the racial segregation in friendship resulted from class friendship segregation. For Hispanics, racial identification as white or black strongly related to the race of friends selected. For members of racial groups in small minorities within schools, the odds increased that same-race dyads were friendship dyads. There was no significant negative effect of busing on interracial friendship formation. Students attending racially diverse schools had more interracial friendships than those in homogenous schools. Attending racially diverse schools decreased the number of school friends named by white students. Results suggest that the increasingly Asian and Hispanic schools of the future will have some reduction in the level of racial segregation of friendship networks relative to current schools, but high levels of racial segregation of friendships will continue. Also, black-white divisions will continue to be important in multiracial schools. (Contains 39 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Asian American Students, Black Students, Busing, Diversity (Student), Friendship, Hispanic American Students, Minority Groups, Racial Relations, Racial Segregation, Secondary Education, White Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.