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"I'm the best of both worlds" : factors influencing the racial identities of biracial youth

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dc.contributor.advisor Vuchinich, Samuel
dc.creator Mouzong, Christine LeAnn
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-25T20:18:24Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-25T20:18:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2008-06-11
dc.date.issued 2008-07-25T20:18:24Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/9093
dc.description Graduation date: 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined the social and contextual factors that lead to differences in the way biracial adolescents interpret their racial identity. Using 11 interviews with a sample of biracial youth between the ages of 14 and 17-years-old, this study also explores the strategies these individuals use to achieve social validation for their preferred racial self-understanding. Theoretically, the factors shaping identity construction and the strategies used to negotiate identity are studied through both a bioecological model and a symbolic interactionist framework. The findings from this study provide new insights into adolescent biracial identity that involve issues ranging from cultural racism to the impact of video media on adolescent development. The main themes emerging from youth narratives suggest that four primary factors shape how biracial youth understand and reconcile their racial identities. First, community messages about race define the parameters of adolescents' racial identity options. Secondly, social meanings attached to physical appearance play a pivotal role in how racial identities are understood by self and others. Thirdly, peer endorsements of color-based stereotypes, especially those derived from popular media images of Black entertainers, are crucial to how these adolescents frame their racial identity options. Lastly, racial socialization in the familial context provides an important, though often ambiguous, piece to biracial identity formation. As well, four strategies surfaced in this study that biracial adolescents appear to use when negotiating identity claims in interactions with others. These strategies include compromise, evoking mixed parentage, emotion regulation, and using humor. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject adolescence en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.subject multiracial en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Racially mixed children -- Race identity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Racially mixed children -- Psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in adolescence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Race awareness in adolescence en_US
dc.title "I'm the best of both worlds" : factors influencing the racial identities of biracial youth en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Development and Family Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Health and Human Sciences en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Richards, Leslie
dc.contributor.committeemember MacTavish, Katherine
dc.contributor.committeemember Warner, Rebecca
dc.contributor.committeemember Copa, George


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