Psychology Faculty Publications
Generational Perspectives on Interracial Relationships: A Comparison of Parent and Child Views
National Social Science Journal
Forty-six students and their respective parents participated in a study to consider generational differences in opinions concerning interracial relationships. Comparisons between parents' reported approvals of their children verses their children's opinions of their respective parents' approval to their dating or to marrying interracially have yielded interesting, though not entirely surprising, results. Overall, fathers were less approving than mothers to their children's interracial relationships. Both were far less approving than their children had anticipated. Two racial groups presented the greatest gap of opinions between parents and children-Afro-Americans and Arab-Americans. Religious differences between couples were the single most agreed upon factor between parents and children, and that such differences would discourage couples from engaging in interracial relationships.
Tse, L., Firmin, M., Hwang, C., & Firebaugh, S. (2007). Generational perspectives on interracial relationships: A comparison of parent and child views. National Social Science Journal, 32, 104-115.