Out-Group Marriages and Cohabitations: A Logistic Regression Approach to Studying Black, White, and Hispanic Unions

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Curry, Alisha Janette
Graduate Program:
Rural Sociology
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
Committee Members:
  • Anastasia Snyder, Thesis Advisor
  • Diane Krantz Mclaughlin, Thesis Advisor
  • logistic regression
  • interracial/interethnic marriages and cohabitation
  • Blacks
  • whites
  • Hispanics
The study of interracial and interethnic unions has a long and extensive history in the United States. However, these out-group racial and ethnic unions must be analyzed in both the contexts of cohabitations and marriages due to our changing society. This study examines the factors associated with out-group union formations, specifically race/ethnicity, educational attainment, educational homogamy, and residence as discussed and emphasized in prior interracial literature. The measurement of out-group unions and the conceptualization of what is interracial or interethnic is a theme entwined throughout the objectives of the study. Although bi-variate analyses find significant differences between women who form out-group unions, especially for married women, the logistic regression reveals that the formation of unions outside of one’s racial or ethnic group is an individual decision and the characteristics emphasized to factor into out-group union formation do not play a strong role in the decision.