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.

Case Studies

Case studies

This chapter is a presentation of case studies used to provide examples of some of the challenges faced by the multiracial population and how these challenges can be assessed and effectively dealt with in counseling practice. The case studies include discussions of

  • counselor roles in work with preschool and elementary children in multiracial families,
  • counselor roles in work with a transracially adopted college student,
  • counselor roles in work with multiracial adults,
  • counselor roles in work with a multiracial couple, and
  • counselor roles in work with a gay multiracial family.

Counselor Roles in Work with Preschool and Elementary Children in Multiracial Families1

As noted in the preceding chapters, multiracial children are subject to stares, statements, and questions from people who notice their different appearance. ...

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