Multiracial Families : Multiracial People

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Compared to Single race individuals, multiracial people have a wider variety of ways to define their ethnic identity. For example, a multiracial person who has two or more races could choose to identify exclusively as one race, or identify with both groups. Another option would be to go beyond the standard individual race options and identify as “multiracial” a category that defines ethnic characteristics in terms of the shared experiences of people who are multiracial, as distinct from individual race groups. Yet, there is a plethora of research examining what factors influence the extent to which multiracial people come to identify with the multiracial category. (Giamo, Schmitt, & Outten, 2012)
When The Rejection-Identification model is used it suggests that all encompassing discrimination represents rejection from the broader society and, harms psychological health. (Giamo, Schmitt, & Outten, 2012)
Until laws were federally overturned in 1967, most U.S. states banned marriages and relationships between White and non-White people. Biracial and multiracial children were once considered illicit results of such illegal marriages and relationships. The multiracial child and adolescent population in the U.S. is growing rapidly with a 32% increase in 2010 since the previous U.S. census (Humes, Jones, & Ramirez, 2011). Multiracial children are now the largest demographic group among U.S. citizens under the age of 18. This remarkable increase is because mixed marriages and
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