ERIC Number: EJ1022099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Predicting College Students' Intergroup Friendships across Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation, and Social Class
Goldstein, Susan B.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v46 n4 p502-519 2013
This study seeks to expand the literature on predicting friendship diversity beyond race/ethnicity to include religion, social class, and sexual orientation. Survey packets elicited information regarding up to four close friendships developed during college. Additional measures assessed pre-college friendship diversity, participation in college activities and diversity education, intergroup attitudes, and interpersonal communication apprehension. A total of 588 friendships (213 intragroup and 375 intergroup) were reported by 151 college students. Pre-college friendship diversity was the primary predictor of college friendship diversity across each intergroup dimension. Implications for prejudice reduction are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Friendship, Peer Relationship, Racial Differences, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Social Class, Student Participation, Intergroup Relations, Predictor Variables, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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