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Study of Childhood and Adolescent Experiences of Race and Ethnicity

Do you identify as bi-racial or multi-ethnic? 

Would you like to share your story?


We are conducting a study about the experiences of bi-racial or multi-ethnic individuals during childhood and adolescence and how those experiences have shaped how they view themselves and their sense of identity.



  • You identify as bi-racial or multi-ethnic
  • You are over the age of 18


If you choose to participate:

  • you will be asked to complete an online survey. This survey will ask you to describe three specific events, one from childhood, one from early adolescence, and one within the last 2-years, in which your ethnicity was an important part of the experience.  You will also be asked questions about how you view yourself in terms of your ethnicity, as well as demographic questions.
  • Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary and you are not required to respond to any questions with which you are uncomfortable answering.
  • The survey, depending on how much you choose to write about your experiences, should take between 30 – 60 minutes to complete.


Use the QR code to participate at

For taking part in this research study, you will be paid for your time and inconvenience by being enrolled in a random lottery to receive one of four $50 visa gift cards.

If you have any questions about this study now or in the future, you may contact Ty Partridge, Ph.D. at the following phone number (313) 577-2813.

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Misinformation Warning

This was reported in #MixedRace Daily on September 28, 2017:

www­.attn­.com – In 2015, the Pew Research Center reported an estimated 60 percent of Americans were proud to have a multiracial background.

It is entirely untrue. We do not know why #MixedRace Daily continues to mislead the multiracial community. The study done in 2015 by the Pew Research Center only studied 1,555 multiracial people. They did not study all Americans and therefore, the statement is untrue. Sixty percent of Americans are not multiracial. Therefore, the statement is grossly misleading. We have repeatedly proven the #MixedRace Daily information to be false and misleading.

Please be careful where you get your information about the multiracial community.

People Needed for Multiracial Study!


We are conducting a research project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on ethnic-racial identity with a particular emphasis on personal relationships and self-concept. We would also like your ideas about what researchers should consider in projects such as this.  Our goal is to include a more diverse representation of ethnic-racial groups than what are traditionally included in this type of research. Thus, we are hoping for participation from individuals with a multiethnic-racial background. Therefore, participation in this study requires that you must be between the ages 18-30, you must have parents from multiethnic-racial background, and AT LEAST ONE parent must be from the following racial-ethnic groups in the United States: American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African-American, Asian/Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, or Middle Eastern. Participation in this study requires completion of a one-on-one interview that takes 60-90 minutes and you will receive $30 compensation for your time. Interviews can be face-to-face, over the phone, or video chat.  To get more information about the study or to contact us about your interest, please email Dr. Jordan Soliz at
If you do not wish to participate but know someone who you believe would like to participate, please feel free to pass on this information.

Important New Multiracial Study

Pew Study: Multiracial Americans Growing 3 Times Faster Than General Population

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A new study has found has America’s multiracial population is younger and growing faster than its general population. In this photo, a multiracial group of students sit next to each other on the actual bus where Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat to a white man 50 years ago in Alabama, during their school visit to Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan on Oct 25, 2005. 

America’s multiracial population is growing three times faster than its overall population, and is likely to be young and proud of its heritage, according to Pew Research Center’s latest study released Thursday. The study, conducted online between Feb. 6 and April 6, 2015, estimates that 6.9 percent of the population of the United States is of mixed-race heritage.

“And when we look at the number of babies being born that are multiracial and the rise in interracial marriage, we can see that not only is it continuing to grow but the growth could accelerate in the future,” Kim Parker, Pew social trends research director, told the Associated Press (AP).

Although the majority of the multiracial population describes itself as being proud of its background and feels that its racial heritage makes it more culturally sensitive, it has also been subjected to racial slurs or jokes, the study found.

However, those of mixed American-Indian and white heritage, who make up half of the mixed-race population of the U.S., were subjected to racism less often than other mixed-race groups. They were also significantly more likely to be conservative Republicans than other multiracial people. The study indicates that the population of this group is likely to decrease as the majority of mixed-race children born in 2012 and 2013 were either biracial black and white, or white and Asian. Pew says that 36 percent of mixed-race children born in 2012 were biracial black and white, and 24 percent were biracial white and Asian, compared to only 12 percent biracial white and American-Indian children.

The multiracial population of America is also significantly younger than the rest of the country, with almost half (46 percent) below the age of 18, compared to only 23 percent of the overall U.S. population. In 1970, among babies living with two parents, only 1 percent had parents with different racial backgrounds. This number rose to 10 percent in 2013.

Although the proportion of people choosing to identify themselves as multiracial is growing, the Pew report finds that racial identity can be fluid for some people over the course of their lives. Thirty percent of multiracial adults said they did not think of themselves as multiracial at some point in their lives.

A 2014 study, published in the journal Cell, found that as many as six million Americans who identify as white have black racial heritage and an additional five million self-identified whites have American-Indian ancestry.

“Being multiracial is not just a sum of the races in your family tree,” Parker told the AP. “It’s also part of experiences and upbringing and it also can be fluid and change over the life course or when an individual is in a certain set of circumstances.”

Source: International News/Reuters/Rebecca Cook

Identifying as Multiracial

The Psychological Advantages of Strongly Identifying As Biracial

Photo: Dana Hursey/Corbis

As I reported in the most recent issue of New York, a new program at an elite private school in New York aims to combat racism by dividing young children, some as young as 8 years old, into “affinity groups” according to their race. The program has been controversial among parents, many of whom believe it is their job, and not the school’s, to impart racial identity to their kids. This feeling is particularly strong among parents who have multi-racial kids. Their identities, many of them say, don’t fit into any established racial category but instead live on the frontier of race.

These sorts of questions about racial identity are only going to become more prominent given ongoing demographic changes in the United States. Multi-racial births are soaring — to 7 percent of all births in the U.S., according to the last Census — a result of more inter-racial coupling and also a broader cultural acceptance of the tag “multi-racial.” (Only as recently as 2000 did the Census even offer a “multi-racial” category — for hundreds of years, stigma has compelled multi-racial people to choose one or the other of their parents’ racial identities, both on government forms and in society.)

But even as multi-racial people take prominent and visible places in all the nation’s hierarchies — golf, pop music, cinema, finance, and, of course, in the executive branch of the United States government — very little psychological research has been done on what it means to have a multi-racial identity, and how that identity is different from having a “mono-racial” one. Now a new literature review, published in Current Directions in Psychological Science by Sarah Gaither, a post-doc at the University of Chicago (who is herself biracial), assesses the psychological landscape of multi-racial identity and points to new directions for research.

Here are some of the key findings:

More than “mono-racials,” multi-racial people have to answer the question, “Who are you?” This can lead to feelings of identity crisis and social isolation, especially if in answering the question people feel they have to choose between their parents. “By the age of four they understand skin color, and they tend to worry about rejecting one of their parents,” Gaither told me in a phone call.

But if they are raised to identify with both parents and to understand their complex racial heritage, multi-racial people can have higher self-esteem than mono-racial people. They are adaptable, able to function well in both majority and minority environments. “They are more likely to reject the conception that race biologically predicts one’s abilities,” which may, in turn, insulate them from the negative impact of racism or bias.

In studies, for example, “priming” a black person to remember he or she is black, or priming a girl to remember that she’s a girl, results in lower performance on tests, an internalization of negative stereotypes known as “stereotype threat.” But multi-racial people “may not believe believe the stereotypes applied to monoracials apply to them,” Gaither explained. The key point here is that multi-racial children should be raised with a full understanding of both their parents’ stories and be allowed, over time, to identify with both. “As long as the choice is left up to the individual, that’s where you see the more positive outcomes,” Gaither said.

Multi-racial people have flexible identities. As adults, they say they change their racial identity or affiliation more than they stay constant. As infants, they spend less time than mono-racial babies scanning familiar faces, a signal that they are confident as members of a number of different groups. Priming biracial children to affiliate with one of their racial identities makes them more responsive to teachers of that race, prompting questions — as yet unanswered — about whether multi-racial kids learn more easily from teachers and authority figures at different points along a racial spectrum.

Multi-racial people are proud to be multi-racial. This is especially true if they’re affluent. “Multi-racials who identify as multi-racial experience decreased self-esteem when asked to choose only one racial identity,” says the paper.

Multi-racial people tend to identify more with the minority part of their identity. “In general, the more minority you look, the more minority you self-identify,” Gaither told me.

As is clear from the review, researchers have begun to unpack the psychological complexities of having mixed racial heritage. But there are so many remaining questions. Most of the studies conducted so far have been done on mixed-race people of Asian and white or black and white descent — and the world of this research is exceedingly small. Gaither told me how happy parents of multi-racial children were to let her ask their kids questions, because there are so few resources out there for them, so little guidance for how to teach healthy identity. And almost no research has been done on people with two or more minority identities (black-Latino or Latino-Asian, say). How does a person navigate between two minority cultures?

There’s also a dearth of research on how gender cuts across questions of racial identity. Is a black-white person more inclined to identify as black if he’s male? And is an Asian-white person more inclined to identify as Asian if she’s female? These are questions at the frontiers of racial-identity research, and as the population of mixed-race kids explodes they’ll demand answers.

Study Participants Wanted!



You are being invited to participate in a research study. If you have one biological parent who identifies as White/Caucasian American and one biological parent who identifies as Black/African American, you qualify to participate in a research study exploring the relationship between one’s racial identity and one’s self/body esteem. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a short demographics questionnaire, participate in one in-depth phone interview, and complete a follow up questionnaire. Your involvement in the study is expected to last about 2 hours. Some of the risks associated with the study include potential discomfort from recalling personal experiences dealing with race. The questions may also bring up negative feelings related your racial identity, self-esteem, or body-esteem. However, the questions may also help you become more aware of your personal beliefs regarding your identity, and bring forth positive attitudes you have about yourself. For your time, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 Visa gift card. If you decide to withdraw from the study at any point, you will still be eligible to enter the drawing. Your chances of winning are 1 out of 25. If you have questions about this study, please contact the primary researcher, Dr. Nikol Bowen, PCC, via email,


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