Ethnic and Racial Identity During Adolescence and Into Young Adulthood: An Integrated Conceptualization

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Stephen M. Quintana, Richard M. Lee, William E. Cross, Deborah Rivas-Drake, Seth J. Schwartz, Moin Syed, Tiffany Yip, Eleanor Seaton, Sabine French, George P. Knight, Carol Markstrom, Robert M. Sellers

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Although ethnic and racial identity (ERI) are central to the normative development of youth of color, there have been few efforts to bring scholars together to discuss the theoretical complexities of these constructs and provide a synthesis of existing work. The Ethnic and Racial Identity in the 21st Century Study Group was assembled for this purpose. This article provides an overview of the interface of ERI with developmental and contextual issues across development, with an emphasis on adolescence and young adulthood. It proposes a metaconstruct to capture experiences that reflect both individuals' ethnic background and their racialized experiences in a specific sociohistorical context. Finally, it presents milestones in the development of ERI across developmental periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalChild development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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