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.
Chapter 2: Interracial Marriage: Current Conditions and Challenges
Interracial Marriage: Current Conditions and Challenges
This chapter is an exploration of the lives of contemporary interracial married couples based on recent literature on interracial marriage. Results of recent research on the topic, including a study conducted by Kelley Kenney and Jo Cohen that began in 1992, are provided. Because of the limited amount of professional literature available on the various combinations of interracial marriages that exist in the United States, a portion of the information presented in this chapter is based on anecdotal discussions with various interracial couples who expressed a willingness to share their experiences. In addition, Kelley Kenney shares her own experiences as a partner in an interracial marriage (all uses of “I” in this chapter refer ...