Parental Ethnic-Racial Socialization in Multiracial Mexican Families

Kelly Jackson, Thera Wolven, Chandra Crudup

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    Empirical studies of parental ethnic-racial socialization are constricted to single-race or monoracial youths. This has led to a monocentric conceptualization of ethnic-racial socialization, one that negates the experiences of the growing population of multiracial youths. This exploratory qualitative secondary analysis (QSA) examined messages of ethnic-racial socialization present in multiracial Mexican families. These messages were compared and contrasted to existing conceptualizations of parental ethnic-racial socialization, those more representative of single-race or monoracial youths. In addition, this study utilized an ecological model of multiracial identity development to examine how parental ethnic-racial socialization messages inform different identity types associated with the multiracial experience. Findings generated from this study extend the field of familial racial-ethnic socialization to further encompass and more accurately represent the growing population of multiracial youths and their families. Implications for future research and practice with multiracial individuals and families are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-26
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
    StateAccepted/In press - Jul 16 2017


    • Ethnic-racial socialization
    • Mexican
    • multiracial
    • narrative
    • QSA
    • qualitative

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Education


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