Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring Parents' Role in the Racial Identity Development in Mixed Race Children
by Mauricio-Pizaña, Lydiamada, M.A., Mills College, 2018, 49; 10813852
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores the role of interracial parents in the development of racial identity in their mixed race children by examining how conversations surrounding race in a mixed race family relate to the ways children in that family racially identify. In addition, the study explores how parents’ understandings and perceptions of their own racial identity and their child’s racial identity affect the way their child feels about race. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on self-identified interracial parents and their mixed race children between the ages of 4 to 9 years old based on themes regarding mixed race identity including family’s identity, racial awareness of the child, dual socialization, and sociocultural factors. This study found that parents early experiences growing up, phenotypic expression of parent and child, current political climate, stereotypes and influence of schools had related to the ways in which parents discussed race with their children. More research must be done on mixed race identity, particularly outside of Black/White dichotomies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Driscoll, Priya, Kroll, Linda
School: Mills College
Department: Education - Early Childhood Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational sociology, Early childhood education, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Early childhood, Mixed race, Parents, Racial identity
Publication Number: 10813852
ISBN: 978-0-355-97896-4
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