A feminist critique of research on interracial family identity: Implications for family health

Marcia M. Byrd, Ann W. Garwick

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The focus of this literature review is on family identity formation within a social cultural context for families, couples, and women who are in committed Black-White interracial relationships that include biracial children. This review and synthesis of interdisciplinary literature was limited to U.S. research studies completed between 1990 and 2002. The American racial lens represented the environmental context that this article seeks to capture. Health careproviders lack knowledge of this complex mixed-race family identity formation and its implications for healthy interracial families. Family nurses who can assess and intervene in a culturally competent manner will be essential to promoting health and eliminating health disparities for these interracial families of color.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-322
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004



  • Family health
  • Family identity
  • Health promotion
  • Interracial family

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