Societies 2014, 4(2), 265-295; doi:10.3390/soc4020265
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Cross-Racial Interactions during College: A Longitudinal Study of Four Forms of Interracial Interactions among Elite White College Students

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Received: 27 February 2014; in revised form: 20 May 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 4 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cross-racial and Cross-ethnic Personal and Group Relationships)
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Abstract: College and universities present distinct opportunities to interact across racial and ethnic lines that may influence people’s prejudice toward different groups. This study examines the influence of four forms of cross-race interaction on traditional and modern forms of racial prejudice among white college students at 28 of the most selective colleges and universities in the US. This study finds that, although white students’ level of racial prejudice declines over four years, interracial contact during college does not significantly influence their level of prejudice. Moreover, a race-related form of social identity is the most consistent influence on students’ racial prejudice.
Keywords: intergroup contact theory; racial prejudice; social identity; college students
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Byrd, W.C. Cross-Racial Interactions during College: A Longitudinal Study of Four Forms of Interracial Interactions among Elite White College Students. Societies 2014, 4, 265-295.

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Byrd WC. Cross-Racial Interactions during College: A Longitudinal Study of Four Forms of Interracial Interactions among Elite White College Students. Societies. 2014; 4(2):265-295.

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Byrd, William C. 2014. "Cross-Racial Interactions during College: A Longitudinal Study of Four Forms of Interracial Interactions among Elite White College Students." Societies 4, no. 2: 265-295.

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