Blacks, cohabitants, and those with previous interracial dating experience were significantly more likely to express an openness to become involved in an interracial relationship.

Implications for university faculty, therapists, and students are suggested.

The independent variable of racial identity salience was also examined.

Although the marriages of Quincy Jones (musician), Charles Barkley (professional basketball player) and Roger Ebert (film critic) are interracial, less than 5% of all marriages in the United States are interracial (Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1998).

This relatively low percentage of interracial marriages has been stable for decades.

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Previous researchers have documented the greater acceptance of blacks versus whites for interracial relationships (Rosenblatt et al., 1995).

Explanations include more benefits from blacks joining the majority than vise versa, the greater number of whites available to blacks than vise versa, and the greater exposure of blacks to the white culture than vise versa. Data The data consisted of 620 never married undergraduates from five first year level sociology courses at East Carolina University who voluntarily completed an anonymous questionnaire designed to assess the respondent's openness to become involved in an interracial relationship.Among the respondents, 63% were women; 37% were men.An 11- item self administered questionnaire was used to collect the data.The results indicated that race and previous interracial dating experience was associated with college students' attitudes. This thesis is part of the collection entitled: UNT Theses and Dissertations and was provided by UNT Libraries to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries.This study was designed to examine the attitudes of undergraduate students toward interracial dating.