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In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 monoracial mothers, self-identified as white and 11 of their biracial adult children, including 8 females and 3 males between the ages of 18 and 40.
The data gathered during the interviews were analyzed using a symbolic interactional conceptual framework and phenomenological methodology.
Biracial individuals discussed how they must continuously negotiate their biracial identities during interaction with their family members (i.e., parents, stepparents, siblings, grandparents and great-grandparents), friends and communities.
While there were several challenges growing up biracial, such as facing discrimination and a culture that does not acknowledge biracial identity in a formal way as of yet, in the end, most of the biracial individuals expressed a sense of pride and resiliency in their racial heritage.
Assessment questions with interracial families and multiracial individuals might also explore what it has meant to the biracial individual to grow up with a unique racial heritage. The dynamics of a pro-racist ideology: Implications for family therapists. Negotiating their biracial identity socially proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience for both monoracial parents and their biracial adult children.Friends and/or multiracial support groups played a significant role in the lives of all participants in the study as a place outside of the family to share experiences and connect socially.Finally, the findings of this study have important implications for social and political policy.