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Amanda Baden & Robbie Steward

In: Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers,Practitioners, and Families

Chapter 7: The Cultural-Racial Identity Model: A TheoreticalFramework for Studying Transracial Adoptees

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The Cultural-Racial Identity Model: A TheoreticalFramework for Studying Transracial Adoptees
The cultural-racial identity model: A theoretical framework for studyingtransracial adoptees

Multiracial children, transracial adoptees, and foster children in familieswherein more than one racial or cultural heritage exists have a uniqueexperience inside and outside the home that is distinctly different fromchildren being raised in racially and culturally homogeneous families. Becausehealthy development of these children is contingent on their effectivemanagement of diversity-related issues both inside and outside of the home,psychologists and counselors must be prepared to accurately assess and developappropriate strategies for intervention when psychological and emotionaldilemmas become evident within these households.

SOURCE: Portions of this chapter have been previously published in “Aframework for use with racially and culturally integrated families: Thecultural-racial identity model,” in Journal of SocialDistress and ...

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