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Detecting biracial identity strength: Perceived phenotypicality is inaccurate

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Meyers, C; Gaither, SE; Remedios, J; Pauker, K
Published in: Self and Identity
January 1, 2023

Past work on Black and Latinx individuals demonstrates that observers can accurately predict an individual’s racial identity strength based on the observers’ perceptions of the individual’s phenotypic prototypicality (how much someone looks like a prototypical member of their racial group). However, the growing Biracial demographic varies considerably in racial identification, suggesting a monoracial approach to infer racial identity strength may not translate to Biracial individuals. In three studies, Biracial Black/White participants were photographed and completed a racial identity strength scale. Subsequently, we had raters judge the Biracial targets’ phenotypic prototypicality and perceived levels racial identity strength. Overall, perceivers could not accurately predict Biracial individuals’ racial identity strength via their phenotypic prototypicality.

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Self and Identity

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1529-8876

ISSN

1529-8868

Publication Date

January 1, 2023

Volume

22

Issue

4

Start / End Page

533 / 562

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology
 

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Meyers, C., Gaither, S. E., Remedios, J., & Pauker, K. (2023). Detecting biracial identity strength: Perceived phenotypicality is inaccurate. Self and Identity, 22(4), 533–562. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2022.2146742
Meyers, C., S. E. Gaither, J. Remedios, and K. Pauker. “Detecting biracial identity strength: Perceived phenotypicality is inaccurate.” Self and Identity 22, no. 4 (January 1, 2023): 533–62. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2022.2146742.
Meyers C, Gaither SE, Remedios J, Pauker K. Detecting biracial identity strength: Perceived phenotypicality is inaccurate. Self and Identity. 2023 Jan 1;22(4):533–62.
Meyers, C., et al. “Detecting biracial identity strength: Perceived phenotypicality is inaccurate.” Self and Identity, vol. 22, no. 4, Jan. 2023, pp. 533–62. Scopus, doi:10.1080/15298868.2022.2146742.
Meyers C, Gaither SE, Remedios J, Pauker K. Detecting biracial identity strength: Perceived phenotypicality is inaccurate. Self and Identity. 2023 Jan 1;22(4):533–562.

Published In

Self and Identity

DOI

EISSN

1529-8876

ISSN

1529-8868

Publication Date

January 1, 2023

Volume

22

Issue

4

Start / End Page

533 / 562

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • 5205 Social and personality psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology