A longitudinal investigation of exophily: The effects of parenting, context, and education


Jantzer, Jacob & G (2008). A longitudinal investigation of exophily: The effects of parenting, context, and education. 2008 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


I will address three major questions. The first addresses the influence of parental social control over racial exophily. Researchers have made inferences about the effects of primary group intervention on romantic relationships, but were constrained by data limitations to indirectly measure parenting behaviors and were unable to track those effects across the child’s life course. I will determine what effects parental social control, geographic distance from parents, and life course position have on the selection of extraracial romantic partners. In doing so, I will also situate relationship formation in the participants’ social contexts. Second, the causal ordering of interracial relationship formation has remained unclear. Measurement has typically tapped the selection of marriage partners among adults rather than tracking the behavior of adolescent partners in nonmarital relationships. Researchers have been unable to determine how partner preferences change or remain the same over the life course. Add Health’s research design will significantly increase the understanding of the effects of life course position on patterns of partner selection. Finally, the positive effect of education on exophily is poorly understood. Verbal ability, associated with education, remains unexamined as a predictor for exophily, but has significant predictive power for a number of social variables. This suggests the possibility that the educational effects may in fact be the result of increased verbal ability. Using the Add Health Picture Vocabulary Test, I will further investigate whether the education effect is truly an effect of education, or a proxy for another factor.



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Conference proceeding

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2008 Add Health Users Conference


Jantzer, Jacob

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Bethesda, MD

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