Date of Award

5-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Jerome Schiele

Abstract

This study examined the relationships between race and attitudes toward interracial dating, gender and attitudes toward interracial dating, and race and gender and their relationship to attitudes toward interracial dating.

The study was based on the premise that both race and gender are important when explaining attitudes toward interracial dating. Two independent variables and one dependent variable were studied when researching this topic.

A comparative study analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered from two institutions, Clark Atlanta University and Kennesaw State College. An exploratory design with a survey questionnaire was used to collect data.

The researcher was prompted to complete this study by personal as well as a professional interest. The participants in this study consisted of forty college students. The make-up of the participants were: African-Americans (10 males and 10 females) and Caucasians (10 males and 10 females). Results from this study indicated that Caucasians and females demonstrated more acceptable attitudes toward interracial dating.

Understanding attitudes toward interracial dating will assist social workers, counselors, teachers, parents and peers in decreasing ignorance, stereotypes and violence against interracial couples in communities, schools, homes, and between family members and peers.

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