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Department

Psychology

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

According to Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological systems theory, family has some of the greatest impacts on how children develop. Recent research has suggested that resilience mitigates multiracial adolescents’ struggle to develop ethnic identity continuity (Kramer, Burke, & Charles, 2015), while alternative evidence supports that multiracial individuals experience maladaptive psychosocial functioning due to ethnic identity confusion (Bracey, Bamaca, & Umaña-Taylor, 2004; Shih & Sanchez, 2005). Although research has investigated ethnic and racial identity development in minority groups, few studies have focused on the interaction between multiracial identity and personal identity development. The present study seeks to determine how the strength of family support interacts with identity exploration in multiracial individuals during emerging adulthood. Self-report questionnaires were distributed to Psychology students from a public university in a metropolitan city in the Pacific Northwest. Additional participants were collected from the general public via social media and through Amazon Mechanical Turk. It is crucial to the development of future generations of multiracial adolescents that their experience is understood so that psychologists, doctors, and community workers may have a better understanding of individual differences.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Mary Pritchard