The higher individual respondents scored on the religiosity, Christianity, Social Distance, and Dominance scales, the less likely they were to approve of choosing a dating or marriage partner from a different racial/ethnic background.
Those respondents that had lower scores on the Social Distance scale were more likely to approve of dating or marrying someone of a different racial/ethnic background.
CHAPTER IILITERATURE REVIEWAttitudes Regarding Interracial Relationships Much of the literature on interracial relationships focuses on the attitudes people hold.
Third, White women are likely to approve of interracial relationships for others but not themselves, while White men express more willingness to engage in such relationships personally, particularly with Asians.
However, neither White men nor White women are very likely to actually engage in interracial relationships.
But that basic concept has taken many forms across different cultures and eras.
"Whenever people talk about traditional marriage or traditional families, historians throw up their hands," said Steven Mintz, a history professor at Columbia University. '" The ancient Hebrews, for instance, engaged in polygamy — according to the Bible, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines — and men have taken multiple wives in cultures throughout the world, including China, Africa, and among American Mormons in the 19th century.
Previously empirical studies have shown Blacks to be more accepting of interracialrelationships when compared to Whites.
Mills, Daly, Longmore, and Kilbride (1995) examinedattitudes toward interracial friendships and relationships.
Actually, the institution has been in a process of constant evolution.
Pair-bonding began in the Stone Age as a way of organizing and controlling sexual conduct and providing a stable structure for child-rearing and the tasks of daily life.
For example, attitudes may vary according to the type of relationship is beingdiscussed within the study or the actual racial composition of the relationship.