A Lifespan Model of Ethnic-Racial Identity

Chelsea Derlan Williams*, Christy M. Byrd, Stephen M. Quintana, Catherine Anicama, Lisa Kiang, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Esther J. Calzada, María Pabón Gautier, Kida Ejesi, Nicole R. Tuitt, Stefanie Martinez-Fuentes, Lauren White, Amy Marks, Leoandra Onnie Rogers, Nancy Whitesell

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Abstract

The current paper presents a lifespan model of ethnic-racial identity (ERI) from infancy into adulthood. We conceptualize that ethnic-racial priming during infancy prompts nascent awareness of ethnicity/race that becomes differentiated across childhood and through adulthood. We propose that the components of ERI that have been tested to date fall within five dimensions across the lifespan: ethnic-racial awareness, affiliation, attitudes, behaviors, and knowledge. Further, ERI evolves in a bidirectional process informed by an interplay of influencers (i.e., contextual, individual, and developmental factors, as well as meaning-making and identity-relevant experiences). It is our goal that the lifespan model of ERI will provide important future direction to theory, research, and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalResearch in Human Development
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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