NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED435910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Multiracial Families.
Kenney, Kelley
The multiracial population is one of the fastest growing segments of the U. S. population. In discussing the multiracial population it is first important to identify and define the groups that are under the heading of multiracial. The literature has included interracial couples, multiracial individuals, and families in which a cross-racial or transracial adoption or foster care arrangement has occurred. Definitions of these terms are provided. In working with the multiracial population, counselors are challenged to examine and address the deeply ingrained oppressive context by which society has viewed people of different ethnicities and cultures. Hence, advocacy with this population begins with honest exploration of the meaning society has attributed to the notion of race and the open examination of what the notion has come to mean to individual counselors. Professionals in the counseling, human services, and educational fields are called upon to be multiculturally competent. This competency requires professionals to function as advocates and social change agents as they carry out traditional roles and responsibilities of their jobs. Lists of periodicals dedicated to interracial issues, catalogs for multiracial materials, biracial identity materials, and relevant web sites are provided. (Contains 38 references.) (MKA)
ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Ferguson Building, P.O. Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402-6171. Tel: 800-414-9769 (Toll Free); Fax: 336-334-4116; e-mail:; Web site: .
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Chapter 6 in "Advocacy in Counseling: Counselors, Clients, & Community"; see CG 029 604.