Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experience of community among biracial Americans identifying as Filipino and white
by Orloff, Melissa Joslyn, Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2012, 154; 3539729
Abstract (Summary)

The current study explored the experience of community among seven Filipino and white biracial individuals. For the purposes of this study, community is defined as "a feeling that members have of belonging, that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members' needs will be met through their commitment to be together" (McMillan & Chavis, 1986, p. 9). Participants were between the ages of 21 and 61, two men and five women, and self-identified as Filipino and white. Participants were interviewed using a semistructured questionnaire. Interviews were then transcribed and coded for themes using phenomenological data analysis. Four primary themes emerged: (a) group exclusion, (b) independence, (c) being influential, that is, a desire to be in a position to impact others, and (d) group inclusion. A number of subthemes were identified as well. Similar to other research (Hall, C., 1980; Stephan, 1992) this study found that community was influenced by physical appearance, social support, neighborhood demographics, cultural exposure, and group acceptance. Finally, this study confirmed the significance of community in the positive self-identity of mixed race persons (Collins, 2000; and Milville, 2005). The findings from this study can help strengthen the therapeutic relationship with clients as they engage in the frequently challenging processes of developing both positive ethnic identity and supportive community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nzewi, Esther, Vildavskaia, Lola
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Clinical psychology, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Asian, Biracial Americans, Community, Filipino, Mixed race, Phenomenology
Publication Number: 3539729
ISBN: 9781267641755
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