ERIC Number: EJ883413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Personality Characteristic Adaptations: Multiracial Adolescents' Patterns of Racial Self-Identification Change
Terry, Rodney L.; Winston, Cynthia E.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v20 n2 p432-455 Jun 2010
For multiracial adolescents, forming a sense of self and identity can be complicated, even at the level of classifying themselves in terms of racial group membership. Using a Race Self Complexity (Winston et al., 2004) theoretical framework, this study used an open-ended question to examine the racial self-identification fluidity of 66 adolescents during the 7th, 8th, and 11th grades. This sample included 22 Black/White multiracial adolescents, as well as a matched sample of 22 Black and 22 White adolescents. Seventy-three percent of the multiracial adolescents changed their racial self-identification in the form of two time change patterns with a number of consolidating and differentiating racial self-identification variations. There was no change for the monoracial adolescents. These results suggest that within the lives of multiracial adolescents, the process of racial self-identification may be a personality characteristic adaptation to the meaning of race in American society that may change across time, place, and role.
Descriptors: Group Membership, Race, Racial Identification, Personality, Adolescents, Multiracial Persons, Self Concept, Guidelines, Classification, Role
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