ERIC Number: EJ812481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 23
Research on Biracial and Multiracial Identity Development: Overview and Synthesis
Renn, Kristen A.
New Directions for Student Services, n123 p13-21 2008
Racial identity development among college students with parents from different heritage groups was largely unexplored until the 1990s, when two forces--one demographic, the other theoretical--converged to stimulate interest in understanding the experiences and identities of biracial and multiracial youth. The increasing number of students from two or more races drew the attention of student affairs professionals just as student development researchers moved into a period of close study of individual identity groups. Although it might have occurred without this convergence, a body of research from the mid-1990s to the present has produced a solid foundation of theory to support student affairs practice regarding multiracial college students. In this article, the author provides an overview of theories that have been used to describe identity development of biracial and multiracial college students.
Descriptors: College Students, Racial Identification, Student Development, Multiracial Persons, Individual Development, Experience
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Education Level: Higher Education
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