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ERIC Number: EJ889879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Are Racial Identities of Multiracials Stable? Changing Self-Identification among Single and Multiple Race Individuals
Doyle, Jamie Mihoko; Kao, Grace
Social Psychology Quarterly, v70 n4 p405-423 Dec 2007
Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we estimate the determinants and direction of change in individual racial identification among multiracial and monoracial adolescents as they transition to young adulthood. We find that while many multiracials subsequently identify as monoracials, sizable numbers of monoracials also subsequently become multiracials. Native American-whites appear to have the least stable identification. We find strong support that socioeconomic status, gender, and physical appearance shape the direction of change for multiracials, and that black biracials are especially compelled to identify as monoracial blacks. (Contains 4 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health