This CYF issue illustrates the emerging trend, examining the population stressors, individual and familial mechanisms related to racial socialization processes and influences of society and culture.
In This Issue
- So what are you anyway?
Individuals in the U.S. with one Black and one White parent use the concept of "race switching" as one mechanism for coping with pressures of racial identity.
- Parent and child influences on the development of a Black-White biracial identity
Findings of qualitative study of Black-White families consisting of biracial children/monoracial parents are summarized, and concrete suggestions offered for working with multiracial families in clinical settings.
- Racial and ethnic socialization within interracial Asian and White families: A summary
Findings from a study of 12 Asian and White families demonstrate how family members communicate with each other about race and ethnicity, with particular focus on parent/child communication.
- The Mestizo perspective
The forging of several different racial and ethnic backgrounds, including Caucasian, African and indigenous bloodlines, have contributed to the unique identity and worldview of a Mestizo, defined as a person born from different races.
The Next Generation
- Seven essential facts about multiracial youth
A psychology grad student shares what she's learned from her research on multiracial adolescents and adults.
- Beyond race and ethnicity: Examining development in context
The change in the 2000 U.S. Census allowing individuals to select more than one race (Root, 2000) may illustrate the increasingly diverse U.S. population and the complexity of defining one's multidimensional cultural and racial identity.
- Reflections on cultural humility
Given the complexity of multiculturalism, it is beneficial to understand cultural competency as a process rather than an end product.
CYF Advocacy Update
- Federal policy activities addressing issues important to children, youth and families
Announcements on interim staff, immigration reform, study of violent media on children, mental health in schools and child trauma.