Biracial Families

Crossing Boundaries, Blending Cultures, and Challenging Racial Ideologies

  • Roudi Nazarinia Roy
  • Alethea Rollins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roudi Nazarinia Roy, Alethea Rollins
      Pages 3-8
    3. Farrell J. Webb, JahRaEl Burrell, Sean G. Jefferson
      Pages 9-32
  3. Family Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. James E. Brooks, Jeremy Lynch
      Pages 61-79
    3. Chalandra M. Bryant, Jeneé C. Duncan
      Pages 81-104
    4. Roudi Nazarinia Roy
      Pages 105-127
  4. Parenting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Fabienne Doucet, Marcella Runell Hall, Melissa Giraud
      Pages 131-158
    3. Leigh A. Leslie, Katie M. Hrapczynski, Jennifer L. Young
      Pages 183-204
  5. Challenges and Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Henry L. Harris, Katie W. Lamberson, Clare P. Merlin
      Pages 207-223
    3. Annamaria Csizmadia, Susan White
      Pages 225-245
    4. Alethea Rollins, Roudi Nazarinia Roy
      Pages 247-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-260

About this book


This interdisciplinary volume surveys the diverse experiences of biracial families, both across and outside the black/white binary. The book examines the deep-rooted social contexts that inform the lifespan of interracial families, from dating and marriage through the stages of parenthood, as well as families’ unique responses and realities. Through a variety of structures and settings including blended and adoptive families, contributors describe families’ strengths and resilience in meeting multiple personal and larger social challenges. The intricacies of parenting and family development are also revealed as an ongoing learning process as parents and children construct identity, culture, and meaning.

 Among the topics covered:

  • Social constitutionality of race in America: some meanings for biracial/multiracial families.
  • Interracial marriages: historical and contemporary trends.
  • Racial socialization: a developmental perspective.
  • Biracial families formed through adoption.
  • Diverse family structures within biracial families.
  • Racial identity: choices, context, and consequences.

Addressing lingering gaps in the existing literature and highlighting areas for future study, Biracial Families gives readers a fuller understanding of a growing and diversifying population. Its depth and breadth of coverage makes the book an invaluable reference not only for practitioners and researchers, but also for educators and interracial families across the spectrum.


Biracial children Biracial couples Biracial dating Biracial marriage Biracial cohabitation History of biracial families Biracial marriage stability Biracial mate selection Race in America Marriage Formation in the U.S. Transracial Adoption International Adoption

Editors and affiliations

  • Roudi Nazarinia Roy
    • 1
  • Alethea Rollins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family and Consumer SciencesCalifornia State University Long BeachLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Child and Family Development Program School of Human Services, Harmon College of Business and Professional StudiesUniversity of Central MissouriWarrensburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96159-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96160-6
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