Interethnic bias in willingness to engage in casual sex versus committed relationships

West, Keon. 2020. Interethnic bias in willingness to engage in casual sex versus committed relationships. The Journal of Sex Research, 57(4), pp. 409-420. ISSN 0022-4499 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Interethnic romantic relationships are widely seen as a strong indicator of a well-integrated society. However, racial bias may still be evidenced in the tendency to engage in casual sex versus committed relationships. Using a large, age-diverse sample of 3,453 White British participants, this study found a general preference for White partners over racial minority partners. Furthermore, in line with social structural theory, participants reported a relative preference for marriage (versus casual sex) with White partners, but a relative preference for casual sex (versus marriage) with racial minorities. This pattern was further modified by sex: men reported a general preference for casual sex (versus marriage) with all racial groups except White partners. Women, however, reported a general preference for marriage (versus casual sex) with all groups, but this preference was strongest for White partners. The pattern was not further modified by sexual orientation. Implications for contemporary interethnic romantic relationships are discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2018.1546372

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
31 October 2018Accepted
14 February 2019Published Online
2020Published

Item ID:

24927

Date Deposited:

14 Nov 2018 16:33

Last Modified:

17 Apr 2020 12:53

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24927

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