ERIC Number: ED394652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-4
Reference Count: N/A
The Identity Development of Biracial Children and Society's Impact Thereon.
This document is taken from a workshop presentation focusing on the identity development of biracial children. The confusion of the academic community concerning this topic is emphasized. Three main aspects are examined: (1) "What is the identity process of any child?"; (2) "What is society?"; and (3) "How does society impact the developmental process?". The identity process is outlined as beginning at birth, when the infant first develops trust and bonds with his or her parent or caregiver. The developmental levels of infancy, young children from birth to five years of age, and adolescence are highlighted. A question and answer section is included in which the author responds to questions dealing with lack of acceptance of interracial marriages and relationships; biracial children's identity, development, and attitudes; teachers who are uncomfortable with teaching biracial children; and other children's reactions to biracial children. (BGC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Culture, Black Stereotypes, Blacks, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Ecological Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Family Life, Family (Sociological Unit), Infants, Minority Groups, Multiracial Persons, Parents, Race, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Self Concept, Social Attitudes, Workshops, Young Children
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identity (Psychological); Multiracial Family; Question Answering
Note: Workshop conducted by the author (March 4, 1989).