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J Soc Psychol. 1996 Apr;136(2):139-58.

At the interface of cultures: multiethnic/multiracial high school and college students.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles 90032, USA.


Data from 2 studies conducted in the United States--1 with high school students and 1 with college students--are reported. Two hundred forty-one multiethnic/multiracial youths (also termed biethnic/biracial, mixed ethnic/mixed racial, and interracial) were selected using 2 large surveys and compared with 1,041 of their monoethnic peers. Although more than 10% of the students across both studies were multiethnic, less than one third of these respondents labeled themselves as such. Ethnic self-labels varied with setting, type of question, and parental ethnicity. Multiethnic youths did not differ from monoethnics regarding self-esteem. In some cases, multiethnic students had more positive attitudes toward other groups than monoethnics did.

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