As professional women in biracial families, we took on this book project for three main reasons. First, we are all too familiar with the negative outcomes that permeate the literature on biracial children and adults. This negative frame often puts the individual’s struggle with identity development at the forefront of the biracial experience, rather than recognizing how interactions within the family and with systems external to the family affect the biracial individual’s reality. Second, we wanted to highlight the strengths within biracial families, stemming from the connection between the biracial couple, who are constantly learning and growing with every new experience as partners and as parents. Finally, we wanted to create a resource for families, educators, and practitioners that will validate the experiences of biracial individuals and their families and highlight the need for more research on the experiences of these families.


Adoption Biracial Biracial relationship Biracial families Biracial/multiracial individuals Relationship formation Cultural socialization Ethnic identity Racial socialization Racial categories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family and Consumer SciencesCalifornia State University Long BeachLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Child and Family Development Program, School of Human ServicesHarmon College of Business and Professional Studies, University of Central MissouriWarrensburgUSA

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