CitationSassler, Sharon & Joyner, Kara (2011). Social exchange and the progression of sexual relationships in emerging adulthood. Social Forces. vol. 90 (1) pp. 223-245 , PMCID: PMC3223935
AbstractResearch has extensively examined matching on race and other characteristics in cohabitation and marriage, but it has generally disregarded sexual and romantic relationships. Using data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we examine the tempo of key transitions in the recent relationships of young adults ages 18–24. We focus on how the racial mix of partners in relationships is associated with the timing of sex, cohabitation and marriage. We find evidence that relationships between white men and minority women proceed more rapidly from romance to sexual involvement and from sexual involvement to cohabitation compared to relationships involving other racial combinations. Our findings have important implications for social exchange perspectives on mate selection.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleSocial Forces