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Teaching Racial Identity

The phrase teaching racial identity is used in two distinctly different ways: (1) to describe ways parents and practitioners can facilitate the racial and ethnic socialization process, and (2) to teach about the concept of racial identity to students in graduate programs in teacher education, clinical and counseling psychology, and social work.

Facilitating Racial Identity Development

Teaching racial identity is commonly referred to as facilitating racial identity development. A substantial body of literature addresses ways to promote positive racial identity development among individuals. Research has demonstrated relationships among the concepts of racial socialization, ethnic identity, perceptions of discrimination and racism, and acculturation. Facilitating racial identity is one part of the racial socialization process toward promoting positive racial identity development.

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