Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
6: Considering Multiracial Youth: Identity Challenges and Health Outcomes
Brenda Straka, PhD, Sarah Gaither, PhD, "Considering Multiracial Youth: Identity Challenges and Health Outcomes", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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There are overarching and well-documented health disparities between racial majority and minority groups. Yet, the Multiracial population, or those claiming membership to more than one racial group, has been largely excluded from health disparities research. This chapter discusses the impact of monoracial ideological, political, and clinical practices on medical research about Multiracial youth. Additionally, this chapter reviews challenges that monoracism presents to Multiracial people, such as interpersonal/intergroup and systemic/institutional barriers, and provides recommendations for pediatric health professionals to mitigate harm stemming from these experiences.
Keywords: Multiracial, identity challenges, identity flexibility