Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Vang, Pa Der

Second Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this study was to examine the identity development process among multiracial and biracial adults. This project analyzed the gaps in the current theoretical models of identity development and explored the racial development process for multiracial individuals, as well as how the current identity development process fails to include individuals from multiracial backgrounds. This research can provide social work professionals and others with additional background knowledge and techniques to work with this special population, so clients are not subject to further oppression. For this study, ten individuals that identify as coming from multiple ethnic descents were selected to participate in interviews. Participants involved in this study ranged from the ages of 18-54. The research found individual variability in multiracial identity development.