Kevin R. Binning and Miguel M. Unzueta contributed equally to this article. Their names are presented in alphabetical order. The data reported in this article are part of a larger data set collected with a UCLA Center for Community Partnership Grant awarded to Yuen J. Huo.
The Interpretation of Multiracial Status and Its Relation to Social Engagement and Psychological Well-Being
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2009
© 2009 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 65, Issue 1, pages 35–49, March 2009
How to Cite
Binning, K. R., Unzueta, M. M., Huo, Y. J. and Molina, L. E. (2009), The Interpretation of Multiracial Status and Its Relation to Social Engagement and Psychological Well-Being. Journal of Social Issues, 65: 35–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.01586.x
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2009
This research examines how multiracial individuals chose to identify themselves with respect to their racial identity and how this choice relates to their self-reported psychological well-being (e.g., self-esteem, positive affect) and level of social engagement (e.g., citizenship behaviors, group alienation). High school students who belong to multiple racial/ethnic groups (N = 182) were asked to indicate the group with which they primarily identify. Participants were then classified as identifying with a low-status group (i.e., Black or Latino), a high-status group (i.e., Asian or White), or multiple groups (e.g., Black and White, etc.). Results showed that, compared with multiracial individuals who identified primarily with a low- or high-status group, those who identified with multiple groups tended to report either equal or higher psychological well-being and social engagement. Potential explanations and implications for understanding multiracial identity are discussed.