This study was designed to examine the relationship between colorism and self-esteem and relationship satisfaction among college students. Additionally, the impact of other social-economic factors such as gender, race/ethnicity, and income level were evaluated. Data was collected via a questionnaire developed in google forms from 202 participants. The instruments included the Rosenberg Self- Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965), A Generic Measure of Relationship Satisfaction (Hendrick, 1988), The Colorism Scale (Harvey, Banks, & Tennial, 2014) and a general demographics questionnaire. The results indicated a very low correlation between colorism and self-esteem (r = .084) and between colorism and relationship satisfaction (r = -.118). The results of Univariate Analysis of Variance showed that there was no significant effect of gender, race, and income, nor an interaction effect on colorism. A One-Way ANOVA, with recoded race (African American/Black compared others races together) as the independent variable and colorism as the dependent variable indicated a significant effect: F (1, 200) = 5.816, p = .017, with African Americans having a higher mean than other races together. The findings indicate that African American college students continue to be affected by colorism than others.


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