Silvana Riano


Interracial relationships have been developing at an increasing rate. The more individuals are exposed to different ethnicities the more likely they are to accept them. The purpose of this study was to measure the attitudes of college students towards interracial dating and interracial marriage. Participants consisted of 43 female and 43 male students from a private university in Southeastern Tennessee. This study used the Riano Interracial Attitudes Instruments (RIAI). Hypotheses suggest that men and women are fairly equal in accepting of interracial relationships towards males and females. The Pearson product-movement correlation coefficient showed statistical significant results which indicate that the more positive attitudes towards interracial dating, the more positive the attitudes towards interracial relationships. Remaining results were inconclusive. These inconclusive findings call for further research with a better design.

Keywords: interracial dating, interracial marriage, interracial relationships, attitudes, openness/support.