At the Interface of Cultures: Multiethnic/Multiracial High School and College Students.

Abstract

The article discusses the results of a normative data from the United States for two typical samples of multiethnic youth and a comparison sample of mono-ethnic youth. By surveying large populations and gathering data on parental ethnicity, the authors claim that they were able to select and examine normal samples of U.S. multiethnic high school and college students and to compare them with their mono-ethnic peers. In their study, the authors found that multiethnic young people were not at a psychological disadvantage because of their mixed background. A self-esteem measure did not indicate any difference in terms of psychological well being between the multiethnic individuals and their mono-ethnic peers in either study. Furthermore, self-esteem did not vary depending on whether the multiethnic students used a multiethnic or a mono-ethnic self-label. However, the multiethnic participants were not identical to their mono-ethnic peers. At least in some cases, multiethnic youths may have an advantage in inter-group relations.

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