The paper presents the results of a survey on the characteristics of black college students’ romantic relationships, including types of relationships, the reasons for beginning and ending relationships and the elements of successful relationships. The anonymous electronic survey was voluntarily completed and included questions that allowed for both qualitative and quantitative assessment. The findings of the study reveal that students, who may be involved in stable and committed relationships, begin relationships for emotional needs and romance but acknowledge that compatible personality traits are the key to successful relationships. They cite cheating, partner abuse, and control as major causes of break-ups. The study suggests that colleges initiate systematic relationship education programs to help students develop healthy relationships and maximize learning.
Chitiga, Miriam, "Loving the Academy: Helping Educators Understand Characteristics of Black College Students’ Romantic Relationships" (2014). Faculty Working Papers from the School of Education. 37.
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