ERIC Number: ED258060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Racial Identity Issues of Mixed-Race Children: Implications for School Social Workers.
McRoy, Ruth G.; Freeman, Edith
Although researchers have investigated the development of racially-mixed persons of backgrounds other than black, little attention has been given to children of black and white parents. For children to view their mixed-racial background positively, the family must nurture both parts of the child's background by providing the child with both black and white role models, and by exposing the child to black and white peers in the community and in school. School social workers frequently find that mixed-race student referrals are experiencing negative self-images and confused racial identities. Through interviews with the child and his parents social workers can determine what supports are available for developing a positive identity. These interviews should focus on six environmental factors which facilitate the development of positive racial identities in children of mixed-race parentage, e.g., parents' realistic perception of mixed-race and family identity as an interracial unit. Intervention with family members and school staff, as well as within the community environment may be necessary in order to facilitate the development of a positive racial identity. (A case study is included which illustrates how this intervention can be implemented with a mixed-race family.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Social Workers (New Orleans, LA, January 31-February 3, 1985).