A partnership between the Pitt Center on Race and Social Problems and the Boston College Lynch School Department of Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology
How do parents leading interfaith or multiethnic families share their respective cultural assets with their children?
How do youth raised in interfaith or multiethnic families integrate the values and practices from their parents’ backgrounds into their own developing identities.
A collaborative study between Boston College and the University of Pittsburgh is recruiting multi-ethnic and interfaith families to share their practices around identity.
Who Can Participate
Parents/guardians leading interfaith or multiethnic families
Adolescents or young adults raised in interfaith or multiethnic families
Defining "Interfaith" and "Multiethnic" Families
“Interfaith” refers to families led by parents raised in different religious traditions. Some of these religious traditions may include Mainline Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and many others.
“Multiethnic” refers to families led by parents whose ancestors came from different countries, regions, or cultures. Some of those ethnic groups may include Hispanic or Latinx, Mexican, Black or African American, Nigerian, Caribbean, Asian American, Chinese, Caucasian or White, Italian, and many others.
What Participation Entails
- Parents/Guardians will participate in a 45-minute confidential phone interview. The conversation will allow us to learn more about the specific values, traditions, and practices that parents shared with their children as well as how parents leading interfaith or multiethnic families made decision about which parts of their respective cultures to share with their children.
- Adolescents/Young Adults will complete a confidential online survey that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey includes questions about the ways in which participants have (or have not) incorporated their parents’ religious or ethnic backgrounds into their own developing identities.
All participants will receive a $10 e-gift card. Participants who complete both a survey and interview will receive a $25 e-gift card.
How to Participate
Adolescents/Young Adults (18-28 years old) raised in multiethnic or interfaith families can complete the online confidential survey HERE
Parents/Guardians leading multiethnic or interfaith families can contact Prof. Scott Seider to learn more about the project and/or schedule an interview
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