The Biracial Identity Development Model: A Needed Addition

Authors

  • W. S. CARLOS POSTON

    Recent Graduate, Corresponding author
    1. Doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Counseling Psychology Program, University of California, 1333 Phelps Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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Abstract

The author presents demographic information about biracial persons, reviews previous models of racial identity development, discusses their shortcomings when applied to biracial persons, and then presents a new model of racial identity development focusing on the unique aspects of the experience of biracial individuals in the United States. In addition, the author presents several important counseling implications suggested by the model and discusses areas of future research and theory building.

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