Acting white or acting black: Mixed-race adolescents' identity and behavior

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dc.contributor.author Ruebeck, Christopher S.
dc.contributor.author Averett, Susan
dc.contributor.author Bodenhorn, H.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-06T19:33:41Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-06T19:33:41Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Ruebeck, C. S., et al. (2009) "Acting white or acting black: Mixed-race adolescents' identity and behavior" The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 9 (1): Contributions, Article 9. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10385/668
dc.description.abstract Although rates of interracial marriage are on the rise, we still know relatively little about the experiences of mixed-race adolescents. In this paper, we examine the identity and behavior of mixed-race (black and white) youth. We find that mixed-race youth adopt both types of behaviors, those that can be empirically characterized as ‘black’ and those that can be characterized as ‘white.’ When we combine both types of behavior, average mixed-race behavior is a combination that is neither white nor black, and the variance in mixed-race behavior is generally greater than the variance in behavior of monoracial adolescents, especially as compared to the black racial group. Adolescence is the time during which there is most pressure to establish an identity, and our results indicate that mixed-race youth are finding their own distinct identities, not necessarily ‘joining’ either monoracial group, but in another sense joining both of them. en_US
dc.publisher B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject mixed race en_US
dc.subject interracial en_US
dc.title Acting white or acting black: Mixed-race adolescents' identity and behavior en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.2202/1935-1682.1688

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