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Roommate Relationships: A Comparison of Interracial and Same-Race Living Situations

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Shook, Natalie J.; Fazio, Russell H.

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Abstract The effects of same-race versus interracial dormitory roommate relationships were explored with regard to relationship dissolution and academic achievement (i.e., grade point average). The present investigation made use of archival data spanning two academic years at a large, relatively diverse university. Of primary interest were White and African American first-year students assigned to White or African American roommates upon their arrival on campus. Another factor that was incorporated into this analysis was whether students requested to live with their roommates or were randomly assigned. Interracial roommate relationships were more likely to dissolve than either same-race White or same-race African American relationships. Randomly assigned living situations were less successful than ones in which roommates requested to share a room. Concerning grade point average at the end of the first academic quarter, African American first-year students tended to do better in interracial living situations, whereas White first-year students' academic success was not affected by roommate race. Instead, White first-year students were more sensitive to the academic abilities of their roommates. Results are discussed with regard to the implications for intergroup contact.
Free Keywords academic achievement; contact hypothesis; intergroup relations; roommate relationships;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 425-437
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 11 (2008) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430208095398
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)