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Biracial Families

Crossing Boundaries, Blending Cultures, and Challenging Racial Ideologies

  • Roudi Nazarinia Roy
  • Alethea Rollins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roudi Nazarinia Roy, Alethea Rollins
      Pages 3-8
    3. Farrell J. Webb, JahRaEl Burrell, Sean G. Jefferson
      Pages 9-32
  3. Family Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. James E. Brooks, Jeremy Lynch
      Pages 61-79
    3. Chalandra M. Bryant, Jeneé C. Duncan
      Pages 81-104
    4. Roudi Nazarinia Roy
      Pages 105-127
  4. Parenting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Fabienne Doucet, Marcella Runell Hall, Melissa Giraud
      Pages 131-158
    3. Leigh A. Leslie, Katie M. Hrapczynski, Jennifer L. Young
      Pages 183-204
  5. Challenges and Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Henry L. Harris, Katie W. Lamberson, Clare P. Merlin
      Pages 207-223
    3. Annamaria Csizmadia, Susan White
      Pages 225-245
    4. Alethea Rollins, Roudi Nazarinia Roy
      Pages 247-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-260

About this book


This interdisciplinary volume surveys the diverse experiences of biracial families, both across and outside the black/white binary. The book examines the deep-rooted social contexts that inform the lifespan of interracial families, from dating and marriage through the stages of parenthood, as well as families’ unique responses and realities. Through a variety of structures and settings including blended and adoptive families, contributors describe families’ strengths and resilience in meeting multiple personal and larger social challenges. The intricacies of parenting and family development are also revealed as an ongoing learning process as parents and children construct identity, culture, and meaning.

 Among the topics covered:

  • Social constitutionality of race in America: some meanings for biracial/multiracial families.
  • Interracial marriages: historical and contemporary trends.
  • Racial socialization: a developmental perspective.
  • Biracial families formed through adoption.
  • Diverse family structures within biracial families.
  • Racial identity: choices, context, and consequences.

Addressing lingering gaps in the existing literature and highlighting areas for future study, Biracial Families gives readers a fuller understanding of a growing and diversifying population. Its depth and breadth of coverage makes the book an invaluable reference not only for practitioners and researchers, but also for educators and interracial families across the spectrum.


Biracial children Biracial couples Biracial dating Biracial marriage Biracial cohabitation History of biracial families Biracial marriage stability Biracial mate selection Race in America Marriage Formation in the U.S. Transracial Adoption International Adoption

Editors and affiliations

  • Roudi Nazarinia Roy
    • 1
  • Alethea Rollins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family and Consumer SciencesCalifornia State University Long BeachLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Child and Family Development Program School of Human Services, Harmon College of Business and Professional StudiesUniversity of Central MissouriWarrensburgUSA

About the editors

Roudi Nazarinia Roy, Ph.D. is an assistant professor and area coordinator of Child Development and Family Studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University Long Beach. She is also the 2017-2018 Ethnic Minorities Section Chair for the National Council on Family Relations. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Family Science from the University of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in Family Studies from Kansas State University in 2009. She teaches courses related to the transition to parenthood, family life education, families and diversity and parent education. Her research interest revolves around the transition to parenthood and cultural influences on parental roles. Dr. Roy is also a consultant for community agencies serving diverse populations of families.

Alethea Rollins, Ph.D. earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at UNCG. Alethea is a professor, researcher, wife and mother. She teaches courses in human development across the lifespan, including child development and adolescence, adulthood, and death, grief and dying. She volunteers regularly in her children’s schools and with the school district at large. Her research focuses on bi/multiracial individuals and families, parental racial socialization, and racial socialization practices of early childhood educators. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biracial Families
  • Book Subtitle Crossing Boundaries, Blending Cultures, and Challenging Racial Ideologies
  • Editors Roudi Nazarinia Roy
    Alethea Rollins
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96159-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96160-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 260
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Developmental Psychology
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