A number of research studies have been conducted to gain specific scientific understanding of the racial identity development of Biracial and Mixed-Race people and how that process is similar to and different from that of monoracial individuals. This study investigated the racial identity development of Black Multiracial individuals who have at least one parent with a Biracial identity. The participants were nine self-identified Black Multiracial adult women and men, 18 years or older, who grew up in various settings. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed using conventional qualitative content analysis. Results indicated that participants were influenced by a number of factors, including the cultural and racial focus of their families of origin; racial and oppressive constructs derived from the effects of slavery (e.g., the one-drop rule); ambiguous phenotype features; racial socialization and group dynamics; and regional environmental considerations. Furthermore, the participants indicated that they arrived at their chosen racial identity at differing stages of life-span development. The findings regarding the literature on Biracial and Mixed-Race identity development and the clinical implications of the findings are discussed.
|School:||John F. Kennedy University|
|Department:||College of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, Ethnic studies, Black studies|
|Keywords:||Black multiracial identity Development, Multiracial identity, Post traumatic slave syndrome, Racial identity development, Racial identity models, Singular White identity|
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