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An exploration of the experiences of black women raising biracial children in the UK

Wilson, Dayna (2020). An exploration of the experiences of black women raising biracial children in the UK. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


Multiracial households and interracial relationships have become increasingly prevalent within the context of the UK, which has led directly to more individuals identifying as biracial. There is an abundance of literature exploring the experiences of biracial individuals, equally, there is a wealth of literature which provides an insight into White mother’s experiences of raising biracial children. However, research focusing on the experiences of Black mothers raising biracial children is limited within the existing academic literature, even though Black women raising biracial children are now a more common occurrence. This research aimed to qualitatively explore Black mothers lived experiences of raising biracial children in the UK. Semi-structured interviews with nine Black mothers were undertaken and analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Four superordinate themes emerged, offering insight into participants experiences of raising biracial children as Black women. A finding that this research offers is that each participant’s experience of raising biracial children seemed to be directly influenced by their Black racial identities. Additionally, participants experienced challenges on their journeys of raising biracial children. For some, these challenges were rooted in the Black Mother-Biracial child dyad and for others, these challenges arose as a result of biases with regards to Black mothers raising biracial children and engaging in interracial relationships.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Arts and Social Sciences Doctoral Theses
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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