“My daughter is a white girl in a mixed body that wishes she were black”: monoracial parents perceptions of mixed-race children and racial identity development

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dc.contributor.author Mitchell, Yolanda T. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-10T19:15:04Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-10T19:15:04Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/17840
dc.description.abstract Racial identity of mixed race individuals is important to understand because of the growing proportion of the population with parents from different racial groups. Having more than one racial heritage has a direct impact on how these children are seen by others as well as how they understand and encounter the world around them. Parents socialize their children in matters of race and discrimination that can impact their racial identity development, which is a component of their overall identity development. The aim of this study was explore how multiracial children are socialized and the impact of that socialization on racial identity formation from a heuristic perspective. Heuristic inquiry is a facet of phenomenology that seeks to understand the researcher’s experience of the phenomenon; therefore, I provided data on my experiences with raising a mixed-race child in a monoracial family. Two other families experiencing the same phenomenon were also interviewed. Themes related to racial profiling, parental perception of the mixed race child’s personality, skin tone, level of respect, and parenting were identified through the five-step analysis process recommended by Moustakas for heuristic inquiry, including immersion, incubation, illumination, explication, and creative synthesis. This study highlights relevant aspects in the lives of mixed-race children, how that impacts the way society views mixed-race individuals, and how those individuals encounter the world around them. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Multiracial families en_US
dc.subject Biracial identity en_US
dc.subject Racial identity development en_US
dc.subject Family ethnic socialization en_US
dc.subject Multiracial children en_US
dc.subject Racial socialization en_US
dc.title “My daughter is a white girl in a mixed body that wishes she were black”: monoracial parents perceptions of mixed-race children and racial identity development en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Karen S. Myers-Bowman en_US
dc.description.advisor Rudabeh Nazarinia-Roy en_US
dc.subject.umi Individual & Family Studies (0628) en_US
dc.date.published 2014 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US

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