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Chapter 7: Multicultural Personality Development
Multicultural Personality Development
We believe, and research generally supports the position, that a healthy level of racial and ethnic identity development is a prerequisite to being an accepting, tolerant person. Furthermore, there is mounting evidence that advanced stages of racial and ethnic identity development correlate to healthier psychological functioning. Clearly, part of our role as counselors, educators, administrators, and parents is to model healthy levels of ethnic identity and to promote racial and ethnic identity development among those we influence.
Despite the critical role of racial and ethnic identity development in mental health and in race relations, the construct itself is not without limitations. For example, most of the theory and research in racial and ethnic identity development stems primarily from counseling and developmental ...