Racial Identity, Phenotype, and Self-Esteem Among Biracial Polynesian/White Individuals


Department of Psychology, Southern Utah University, 351 West University Boulevard, GC 310B, Cedar City, UT 84720 (GEKawikaAllen@suu.edu).


This study examined racial identity, self-esteem, and phenotype among biracial Polynesian/White adults. Eighty-four Polynesian/White persons completed the Biracial Identity Attitude Scale, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory, and a Polynesian phenotype scale. Profile analyses showed participants identified more with their Polynesian parent. A mediation analysis revealed that phenotype did not mediate the relationship between biracial identity and self-esteem.