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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Within the last decade, research on racial awareness, ethnic identity, and racial socialization strategies among transracially adoptive parents' has increased, reflecting the unique racial, cultural, and family dynamics among American families. The purpose of this study is to expand upon this literature, exploring the racial makeup of adoptive parents' interpersonal relationships and how this relates to racial awareness and racial socialization practices of children adopted from Asian countries. Given that this study specifically focuses on parents' of children adopted from Asian countries, this study will also look at adoptive parents' knowledge concerning the racial reality faced by Asian Americans in the United States. Based on Allport's Intergroup Contact theory, increased intergroup contact with other racial groups should explain the relationship between parents' racial attitudes and their knowledge of Asian American racial reality and racial socialization practices.

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