Colloquium Series Presents

"Ties That Bind Across Racial Lines: Perceived Kin Support Across Mixed-Race and Monoracial Families"
When Apr 22, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where 302 Pond Lab
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Contact Phone 814-863-5407
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Presenter - Jenifer Bratter, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Rice University, Houston

Although interracial partnering is increasing, racial divisions may impact ties with extended-kin. One persistent, but untested premise is that individuals may be “cut off” from for crossing racial lines. We explore how interracial partnering affects ties to kin, by observing instrumental support for mothers that recently gave birth to mono- and multiracial children. Using data from Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS), we compare the likelihood of living with kin during a child’s first year of life and the perception that support will be available (N=3,834). Multivariate analyses reveal that White mothers of biracial children are more likely to receive kin support compared to their peers, but are less likely to perceive help to be available in the following year. Similar patterns emerge for Black but not Hispanic mothers. These findings reveal that interracial partnering may not carry clear material consequences, couples may experience socially isolation from kin.