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Preference for dating out-group members: Not the same for all outgroups and cultural backgrounds

Allen, Courtney K., Uskul, Ayse K. (2019) Preference for dating out-group members: Not the same for all outgroups and cultural backgrounds. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 68 . pp. 55-66. ISSN 0147-1767. (doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2018.11.002) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:70278)

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The goal of the present study was to examine dating preferences across three different out-group backgrounds (race/culture/ethnic, religious, socio-economic status) in three different cultural settings (the United Kingdom, the United States, India). A second goal was to explore the role of social psychological factors (social approval, social identity, previous dating experience) in out-group dating preferences. Findings from an online study (nUK = 227, nUS = 245, nIndia = 220) revealed that participants were less willing to date individuals from religious out-groups than individuals from other race/culture/ethnic or socio-economic status out-groups. Individuals’ perceptions of approval from friends and family positively predicted out-group dating preference for all backgrounds and samples. How much individuals identified with their in-groups and whether they have previous experience dating someone from an out- group varied across outgroup backgrounds and samples in predicting out-group dating preferences. Together, the findings provide valuable insight into intergroup relations and reveal the importance of studying out-group dating preferences across different out-group backgrounds and samples.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2018.11.002
Uncontrolled keywords: intergroup romantic relationships, culture, social identity, social approval
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Ayse Uskul
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 13:13 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2020 04:10 UTC
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