Masters Thesis

Perceptions of interethnic couples as compared to ethnically homogamous couples

Race and ethnicity can play an important role in assortative mating for some, and less so for others. In the current study, we examined perceptions of interethnic couples. Participants were 801 individuals recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk who each viewed one of four versions of a vignette which described a heterosexual romantic couple. The ethnicity of the individuals in the vignette were each manipulated to be either Caucasian or Hispanic. A main effect of interethnic status was found, with participants indicating they believed ethnically homogamous couples would receive more social support than interethnic couples. There was no interaction between the interethnic status of the couple and the ethnicity of the man in the couple, nor was there a main effect of male ethnicity. Additionally, there were no significant differences found between the ratings of the two interethnic couples. There was no interaction between the interethnic status of the couple and participant gender, however, there was a main effect of participant gender. Overall, men reported higher levels of negative emotions than women. Our results indicate that interethnic couples may be viewed differently than ethnically homogamous couples in some cases and situations, however, the two types of couples were not rated differently overall.

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