"Interracial daters in our study were rated as possessing higher levels of desirable attributes, and were aware of being rated highly by their partners."This indicates that, at least in a diverse college sample, interracial relationships are unlikely to be motivated by a lack of dating opportunities within one's own ethnic group." Wu and her colleagues caution that their data was among young people studying at a "demographically diverse institution" on the West Coast, "which has the highest rates of interracial marriage in the country." A similar study of people from previous generations, especially located in more tradition-bound areas, could easily yield different results.Yet incidents of overt prejudice – even violence – against interracial couples keep cropping up.In April, a Mississippi landlord evicted a family after he found out the couple was interracial.Or are they indicative of a persistent, underlying bias against interracial couples – something not captured by self-reported polls?To test this, my colleague Caitlin Hudac and I designed a series of studies to examine how people really feel about interracial relationships.
University of Washington provides funding as a member of The Conversation US.2) The structual theory states that the increase in interracial dating/marriages is due to the segregation in society.Oppositely, motivation theory suggests that romantic interracial relationships occur because of how certain people fantasize about the cultural differences with other ethnic groups.There were no significant differences in self-ratings between the two groups.A second study featured 100 heterosexual couples who had been together at least three months.