Parents can help their children cope with these pressures by establishing open communication in the family about race and cultures, and by allowing curiosity about differences in skin color, hair texture, and facial features among family members.
Parents can also help their children in the following ways: For the majority of multiracial children, growing up associated with multiple races and cultures is enriching, rewarding, and contributes to healthy adult adjustment. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) represents over 8,700 child and adolescent psychiatrists who are physicians with at least five years of additional training beyond medical school in general (adult) and child and adolescent psychiatry.
"There are so many good quality black and mixed race-models that would be great, but the agencies and the clients are not willing to take a gamble.
71; March 2011 Click here to download and print a PDF version of this document. The number of mixed-race families in America is steadily increasing, due to a rise in interracial marriages and relationships, as well as an increase in transracial and international adoptions.
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Fashion industry insiders have criticised modelling agencies for encouraging a culture of "blatant racism" in the business and announced an emergency summit with race campaigners and politicians to try to tackle the issue.
Multiracial children who have emotional or behavioral problems may be referred for a psychiatric evaluation.
"I can't remember being sent a model who wasn't white," said the former fashion manager.
"I don't know if it's racism, or just the fashion industry languishing in the doldrums, but it needs to change.
The meeting, scheduled to take place in London next year, has been organised by Dee Doocey, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson from the London Assembly.
Ms Doocey, a former managing director of an international fashion company, believes the fashion world desperately needs to face underlying racism in the trade.