For mixed families, one of the most important and confusing discussions in parenting often concerns identity. Mixed, multiracial, multiethnic individuals often have a difficult course set ahead of them in a country ruled by racial categories. Where does one stand when they don’t identify in only one way? When none of the check boxes sum up their identity? A new study from a group of identity experts aims to understand these questions and more. The research group, organized by Susan Lambe Sariñana, director of SwirlBoston, is asking parents of multiracial / multiethnic children and teens to contribute to their project by completing detailed surveys about their experiences with imparting language, culture, ethnicity and personal identity to their children.
Sariñana, a doctoral student as University of Massachusetts Boston’s Clinical Psychology program and a multiracial individual herself, is also calling on Latina moms to join in the study! Sariñana wants to represent diversity in her research and would love for Latino families to also have their voices counted in her research! The survey is a bit lengthy and some questions are repetitive to test out which wording gets the more precise responses from parents, but it’s well worth the effort and having more research conducted of multiracial youth is a great benefit to our childrens’ future! For your convenience, you can save your survey and restart later if needed. As an added plus, participants will be added into a drawing for Amazon gift cards upon completion of the survey! So have at it! Add your voice to this super important research and bring new insights to multiracial parenting and identity!
*You don’t have to be Latina to participate! All parents of multiracial / multiethnic children and youth are invited to add their voices!!!
Are you the parent of a multiracial youth between the ages of 3-22? Participate in an online survey for the opportunity to win one of two $100 Amazon gift certificates! Get started here.
Are you the parent of a multiracial high schooler (9th-12th grade)? They may be eligible to participate in an in-person 1-1 interview and a short survey that last approximately 60 minutes, and will be given a $20.00 Amazon gift certificate for their participation. E-mail Susan Lambe at email@example.com for more info.
Read more about the people conducting the study and check out resources for multiracial individuals and families.
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