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 3: Multiracial Individuals: Issues across the Lifespan
Multiracial Individuals: Issues across the Lifespan
In an effort to help monoracial people of the United States understand the currently burgeoning multiracial population, the popular press has given much publicity to issues and strengths of people of mixed race heritage (e.g., Aubrey, 1995; Beech, 1996; Blau, 1998; Cose, 1995; Courtney, 1995; Funderberg, 1994; Leland & Beals, 1997; Morganthau, 1995; Peterson, 1997a, 1997b; von Sternberg, 1995a, 1995b). The helping services professional literature has lagged behind the popular press in recognizing multiracial people. Counselor education and counseling psychology programs are beginning to include this population as one with which their graduate students will be working in increasing numbers. There is a gradual expansion of the professional literature to address counseling and psychological ...