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Interracial and Intraracial Patterns of Mate Selection Among America’s Diverse Black Populations
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2006
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 68, Issue 3, pages 658–672, August 2006
How to Cite
Batson, C. D., Qian, Z. and Lichter, D. T. (2006), Interracial and Intraracial Patterns of Mate Selection Among America’s Diverse Black Populations. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68: 658–672. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2006.00281.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2006
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Despite recent immigration from Africa and the Caribbean, Blacks in America are still viewed as a monolith in many previous studies. In this paper, we use newly released 2000 census data to estimate log-linear models that highlight patterns of interracial and intraracial marriage and cohabitation among African Americans, West Indians, Africans, and Puerto Rican non-Whites, and their interracial marriage and cohabitation with Whites. Based on data from several metropolitan areas, our results show that, despite lower socioeconomic status, native-born African Americans are more likely than other Blacks to marry Whites; they also are more likely to marry other Black ethnics. West Indians, Africans, and Puerto Rican non-Whites are more likely to marry African Americans than to marry Whites. Interracial relationships represent a greater share of cohabiting unions than marital unions. The majority of interracial unions, including native and immigrant Blacks, consist of a Black man and White woman. The implications for marital assimilation are discussed.