Ethnic And Racial Identity During Adolescence Into Young Adulthood

855 WordsOct 14, 20154 Pages
The peer reviewed article “Ethnic and Racial Identity During Adolescence into Young Adulthood: An Integrated Conceptualization” is a well written article on the struggle that people of color face when coming face to face with their identity in social situations. Umana-Taylor, Quintana, Lee, Cross, Rivas-Drake, Schwartz and Seaton (2014) analyzed ethnic and racial identity or ERI and how it relates to important developments and issues from early childhood well on into young adulthood. They worked to find the most important milestones during the development or ERI as well (Umana-Taylor et. al 2014). This paper will consist of the information given from the article and how I’ve dealt with my own ERI. The idea of ERI is that instead of making distinctions between ethnic identities and racial identities that we combine them together into what Umana-Taylor et.al (2014) call a metaconstruct and that’s where ERI comes into play. “Racial identity is used, for example, when the groups being investi- gated are considered racial (e.g., Black) and ethnic identity when the group is considered ethnic (e.g., Latinos),” (Umana-Taylor et.al 2014). The thing about racial and ethnic identities is that they develop very similarly to each other and seem to be stimulated by the same processes, also culture plays a big part on attitudes toward racial identity (Umana-Taylor et. al, 2014) this is why it does not make sense to keep these identities and processes separate and why ERI was created. It
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