Reconceptualizing the measurement of multiracial status for health research in the united states


Journal Article

The assessment of multiracial status in U.S. health research is fraught with challenges that limit our ability to enumerate and study this population. This paper reconceptualizes the assessment of multiracial status through the development of a model with three dimensions: mixed ancestry multiracial status, self-identified multiracial status, and socially assigned multiracial status. We present challenges to studying multiracial populations and provide recommendations for improving the assessment of multiracial status in health research. © 2011, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Woo, M; Austin, SB; Williams, DR; Bennett, GG

Published Date

  • April 15, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 36

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1742-0598

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1742-058X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S1742058X11000038

Citation Source

  • Scopus