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Societies 2014, 4(3), 363-379; doi:10.3390/soc4030363

Intercultural Dating at Predominantly White Universities in the United States: The Maintenance and Crossing of Group Borders

Department of Comparative Human Development, The University of Chicago, 5730 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
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Received: 7 February 2014 / Revised: 29 April 2014 / Accepted: 19 June 2014 / Published: 27 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cross-racial and Cross-ethnic Personal and Group Relationships)
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Abstract

The increased representation of minority students on the campuses of predominantly White universities in the United States presents increased opportunities for intercultural contact. Studying dating experiences across racial and ethnic lines has been used to determine the existence of a post-racial America. While most previous research has examined general racial/ethnic and gender differences in intercultural college dating experiences, this study analyzes precollege and college-going friendship diversity and skin tone as factors accounting for romantic distance between racial/ethnic groups among a recent cohort of college students. Hierarchical linear modeling analyses were conducted on a 4-year longitudinal sample of 2804 undergraduate students from 24 colleges and universities. Results confirm that White students continue to be the group most likely to engage in intragroup dating relationships, Latino/a students were the most likely to date interculturally, and that Black men were significantly more likely to date interculturally than Black women. For Black students there were significant within group differences in intercultural dating based on skin tone.
Keywords: intercultural dating; college students; friendship diversity; skin tone; United States intercultural dating; college students; friendship diversity; skin tone; United States
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Keels, M.; Harris, K. Intercultural Dating at Predominantly White Universities in the United States: The Maintenance and Crossing of Group Borders. Societies 2014, 4, 363-379.

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