Bowman, Nicholas A., & Denson, Nida
What's Past is Prologue: How Precollege Exposure to Racial Diversity Shapes the Impact of College Interracial Interactions
Bowling Green State University, University of Western Sydney
Examines the extent to which studentsâ€™ precollege exposure to racial/ ethnic diversity moderates the relationships between college interracial interactions and student outcomes (such as (college satisfaction, emotional well-being, and race-related
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 53, Pp. 406-425
- College interracial interactions are significantly and positively related to all forms of college satisfaction, believing people from other races are persistent/hardworking, and ease of getting along with people from other races.
- College interracial interactions are significantly and inversely related to blaming people of color for their life outcomes.
- Relationships between college interracial interactions and college satisfaction are strongest among students who have had greater precollege exposure to difference and heterogeneity.
- Precollege exposure to racial/ethnic diversity is an important moderator of the relationship between college interracial interactions and student outcomes.
Journal Article Empirical Research
College, Intergroup Relations
Secondary Data, Survey
Method of Analysis:
Unit of Analysis:
- Data come from the National Longitudinal Study of Freshmen which consists of racially/ethnically diverse undergraduates from 28 selective colleges and universities
- Includes 3,098 students from 28 colleges and universities
- DV: College satisfaction, emotional well-being, belief that people from other races are persistent/hardworking, belief that people of color are to blame for their life outcomes, and ease of getting along with people from other racial groups
- IV: College interracial interaction, precollege exposure to diversity