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Introduction Interracial relationships have experienced intense struggles and obstacles in the history of the United States.
Consequently, additional research addressing generational views of interracial relationships are needed due to the increase of these relationships in society and the paucity of what is known regarding this important societal issue.
In sum, researchers have needs to understand better the dynamics involved within family, racial, and relationship milieus.
Family functions and reunions can be awkward for the couple, and one or both may choose not to attend (Foeman & Nance, 1999).
Another reason for lack of parental and family support can be unfamiliarity of family members with interacting closely with other races and not feeling comfortable in multiethnic settings.
In particular, the research literature shows only a handful of comparative studies regarding parent and child perspectives on interracial relationships to exist.
Research has already indicated that younger generations appeared more favorable towards interracial dating and marriage (Knox et al., 2000; Lovstuen, 2001).
More importantly, we anticipate that students inaccurately would predict their parents’ views regarding these relationships to be more favorable than how they actually would express their own true views on the subject.
Many interracial couples do not have the full support of parents or family members.
Mc Fadden and Moore (2001) reported that since the family was a vital support system for couples in their study, lack of support could be detrimental to the health of such relationships.