ERIC Number: EJ734356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Chameleon Changes: An Exploration of Racial Identity Themes of Multiracial People
Miville, Marie L.; Constantine, Madonna G.; Baysden, Matthew F.; So-Lloyd, Gloria
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v52 n4 p507-516 Oct 2005
The current study explored essential themes of racial identity development among 10 self-identified multiracial adults from a variety of racial backgrounds. Participants were interviewed using a semistructured protocol, and the interviews were recorded, transcribed, and then coded for themes by research team members. Four primary themes were identified: encounters with racism, reference group orientation, the "chameleon" experience, and the importance of social context in identity development. A number of subthemes also were identified. Although several of the themes mirrored those associated with contemporary biracial and multiracial identity development models, new themes centering on the adoption of multiple self-labels reflecting both monoracial and multiracial backgrounds emerged as well. Implications of the findings for future research and practice are identified.
Descriptors: Social Environment, Reference Groups, Racial Identification, Case Studies, Social Environment, Labeling (of Persons), Models, Coding, Interviews, Adults
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