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NCJ Number: 156970 Find in a Library
Title: Black/White Interracial Young Adults: Quest for a Racial Identity
Journal: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry  Volume:65  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1995)  Pages:125-130
Author(s): U M Brown
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The data presented here, obtained from the Brown Interracial Young Adult Interview, were used to examine aspects of racial identity and conflict among 119 offspring of interracial relationships.
Abstract: Some of the subjects had been raised in almost all-black communities, but most had grown up in racially integrated or predominantly white settings. The results showed little or no evidence that most interracial people view themselves as black when they reach adulthood. Rather, most respondents increasingly saw themselves as interracial. The reduction of emotional turmoil associated with interracial identity may be attributed to the fact that a synthesis of black and white identities had been achieved, and a new, integrated identity configuration had been formed. The societal misidentification of participants seemed to arouse conflicts in many of them. The inability to openly accept both parts of the racial heritage was a constant underlying source of emotional tension for many of these young adults. 4 tables and 14 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Race relations; Self concept
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