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Yanni Larsen presented at The Sixth Polygence Symposium of Rising Scholars. Interested in the next Symposium? Fill out the interest form here for more information.

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Yanni Larsen

Scotts Valley High SchoolClass of 2022

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  • Parent-Child Relationships Within Biracial Households with mentor Sophia (Sept. 29, 2021)

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Parent-Child Relationships Within Biracial Households

Started June 28, 2021

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The population of multiracial and multiethnic individuals in America continues to exponentially increase, and research on the influence of biculturalism on individuals’ self-perception and their relationship with their parents is imperative. This investigation looked into four major facets of biculturalism’s influence on parent-child relationships: the effect of language, discrimination, child satisfaction, and culture, as told through interviews conducted with four biracial families. Two families had a Japanese mother and white father, one household had an African-American mother and white father, and the last household had a Mexican mother and an Italian father. Through interviews, racial and ethnic socialization was examined, as well as the effects that parents’ cultures, morals, and language had on their relationship with their child and the lasting effects it had on the child’s psyche.