Multiracial families comprise a rapidly growing population in the United States. This volume addresses this population, so often neglected in the counselling literature. Following an historical overview, the authors: address both the special needs and special strengths of multiracial families; explore the challenges facing interracially married couples; examine social and cultural issues pertinent to parenting multiracial children; and translate results of biracial identity development research into counselling practice.

Historical Overview: Multiracial Individuals, Interracial Couples, and Families

Historical overview: Multiracial individuals, interracial couples, and families

As this decade comes to a close and a new century begins, the counseling profession will need to be aware that there is an increasing number of individuals, couples, and families who are making different choices in regard to their racial identity, mate selection, and adoptive children. Individuals are deciding that they want to fully identify with all of their racial heritage. This idea was recently brought to the mainstream media's attention when sports figure Tiger Woods described himself as a “Cablinasian” to claim his Caucasian, Black, Indian and Asian ancestry (Eddings, 1997). With regard to couples, individuals in search of the ideal mate are now more willing to cross ...

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