Wellbeing over the life course for multiracial individuals


Schlabach, Sarah (2012). Wellbeing over the life course for multiracial individuals. 2012 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Current research suggests multiracial adolescents are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior, feel less socially accepted and have a less stable racial identification than their monoracial counterparts (Ruebeck et al., 2009; Udry et al., 2003). Additionally, multiracial individuals are more likely to experience depression, have lower school achievement and have lower feelings of self-worth than some of their monoracial counterparts (Cooney and Radina, 2000; Milan and Keiley, 2000). However, the question of whether these wellbeing differences persist over the life course remains unanswered. My aim for this study will be to give a more holistic look at wellbeing across the life course for multiracial individuals. I will use quantitative methodology to focus on three broad outcomes: emotional wellbeing, health status and educational attainment. I plan to use Waves I and IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to answer the following three questions: First, do multiracial individuals tend to vary from monoracial individuals with respect to emotional wellbeing, physical wellbeing and educational outcomes in adolescence and in early adulthood? Second, do specific multiracial groups versus monoracial groups have persistent differences in said outcomes in adolescence and in early adulthood? Third, is gender of the minority-status parent associated with measurable differences in wellbeing for multiracial individuals in adolescence and early adulthood?



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Conference proceeding

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2012 Add Health Users Conference


Schlabach, Sarah

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Bethesda, MD

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