Along with a talk about the birds and bees, they will have to talk about what to do when stopped by police."Being in an interracial marriage did open my eyes to things like that that I never would have thought about," Erik Gregersen said.
Between the couple themselves, though, "race really is not an issue," Rachel Gregersen said.
(Information on 34- to 35-year-olds was not available for this period.) While Hispanic is an ethnic group composed of both racial and ethnic groups, Joyner, like many demographers, uses the categories -- non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black (or African-American) and Hispanic (or Latino) -- to measure race.
In Joyner's study, Hispanics had the highest rate of interracial relationships: 45 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds and 33 percent of 24- to 25-year-olds were in interracial relationships in the early 2000s, compared with blacks (20 and 14 percent, respectively) and whites (16 and 12 percent, respectively).
The number of interracial marriages involving whites, blacks and Hispanics each year in the United States has jumped tenfold since the 1960s, but the older individuals are, the less likely they are to partner with someone of a different race, finds the new study.
"We think that's because relationships are more likely to be interracial the more recently they were formed, so younger people are more likely to have interracial relationships.
In-depth interviews were conducted with 15 interracial (and/or interethnic) couples to investigate their experiences in a so-called “post-racial” society.
The rate of interracial marriage, however, is still relatively uncommon: in 2002, only 2.9 percent of all marriages were interracial, according to the U. The study was supported, in part, by grants from Mc Gill University, Cornell, the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
While Asians appear to be comparable to Hispanics in terms of rates of interracial involvement, age patterns for Asians were not presented in the study, Joyner said, because there were so few within some of the age groups in the surveys.
"In the analyses we did run, however, it looks like involvement in interracial relationships increases with age for Asians," said Joyner.
In 1990, for example, about 14 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds, 12 percent of 20- to 21-year-olds and 7 percent of 34- to 35-year-olds were involved in interracial relationships.
Roughly 10 years later, 20 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds and 16 percent of 24- to 25-year-olds were in an interracial relationship.