Interraical dating central
Most prior studies have analyzed only relationships within schools and, therefore, cannot capture a potentially important way that adolescents express preferences for same-race-ethnicity relationships and/or work around constraints from other groups’ preferences.
Operating against a historical backdrop of racial miscegenation laws and legalized segregation, institutional integration—particularly, school integration—has been a cornerstone of U. hopes and efforts to improve racial and ethnic relations.
Some might say that art imitates life, so it’s no surprise that there has been an explosion of television shows featuring interracial couples.
However, for other groups with low rates of inter-racial-ethnic dating (e.g., African American women), a higher proportion of different race-ethnicity potential partners may primarily present constraints in dating opportunities within the school and may be associated with more same-race-ethnicity relationships outside of school boundaries.
Update: Readers pointed out that these results are from the cumulative data set from 1972-2002.
So the % who favored laws against interracial marriage were ~40% in 1972, and ~10% in 2002, averaging out to ~25% across the years.
The following results further shed light on individual- and school-level predictors of dating outside of one’s school.
When adolescents date individuals who do not attend their school, the relationship is more likely to involve sexual intercourse and is less likely to have consistent condom-use (Ford, Shon, and Lepkowski 2001, Ford and Lepkowski 2004).
On the other hand, young people still make their relationship choices in a color conscious society shaped by legacies of slavery and legalized segregation, and recent changes that increase structural opportunities for inter-racial-ethnic dating may have very different meanings and lead to different behavioral responses across racial-ethnic and gender groups.