Transracially adoptive parents' color-blind attitudes and views toward socialization: Cross-racial friendships as a moderator

  • Langrehr K
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Abstract

This study examined the moderating role of transracially adoptive parents' cross-racial friendships in the relationship between their color-blind attitudes and views toward cultural and racial socialization. Using hierarchical multiple regression analyses and the Johnson-Neyman technique, it was hypothesized that parents' color-blind attitudes would significantly account for 3 different dimensions of socialization beliefs (i.e., prejudice awareness, ethnic pride, and egalitarian socialization) and that self-reported cross-racial friendships would moderate the effects of color-blind attitudes. Results suggest that having several cross-racial friendships minimized the effects of participants' color-blind attitudes on their ethnic pride and egalitarian socialization beliefs, whereas having few cross-racial friendships enhanced the effects of color-blind attitudes on both socialization variables. The importance of transracially adoptive families creating diverse and multiracial social networks is discussed. © 2014 American Psychological Association.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Asian adoptees
  • Color-blind racial attitudes
  • Cross-racial friendships
  • Cultural and racial socialization
  • Transracial adoptive families

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