Counseling Psychology 230:

Race and the Developing Child

with Steve Quintana

This course, Race and the Developing Child, will address the following questions:

  • At what age do children first respond to racial differences and how does their understanding of race develop from preschool to college?
  • Why are some racial labels preferred and others offensive?
  • How do parents socialize their children about race?
  • When and how does racial prejudice develop?
  • How should adults or teachers respond when a child or adolescent says something racially offensive?
  • How is racial socialization and identity different for biracial, mixed-raced, and cross-racially adopted children?
  • Is race or social class more influential on children’s educational achievement?
  • How is identity different across the racial groups (e.g., African American, Latin@, Asian American, American Indian, White American)?
  • How does learning differ by race?
  • What are the most effective strategies for promoting positive inter-racial relations?

Professor Quintana draws from 20 years of interviews with children from a variety of racial backgrounds and from his 10 years of facilitating race dialogues for children, adolescents, and adults.

Counseling Psych 230: Race and the Developing Child Times


8:55 – 12:15 pm
Counseling Psych 230: Race and the Developing Child Dates
June 19 – July 7
Counseling Psych 230: Race and the Developing Child Credits
Credit Course
Counseling Psych 230: Race and the Developing Child Questions


Meet Your Professor

Steve Quintana

Counseling Psychology

Dr. Quintana received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1989 from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the faculty at UW-Madison in 1996, he was on the faculty in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Texas at Austin for seven years where he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor.

During 1992-93 academic year, he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship for research investigating Mexican-American children’s understanding of ethnicity in Texas and Arizona. He was named Gimbel Child and Family Scholar for his work on promoting ethnic, racial, and religious understanding (2000-2001). His research has been reported in the APA Monitor on Psychology and on Psychology Today Radio. In addition to having been Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, he was also Chair of APA’s Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (2001). He holds a joint appointment with Department of Educational Psychology and is a member of the faculty for UW’s School Psychology program.

Dr. Quintana was Associate Editor for Child Development from 2001 – 2006 and Lead Editor for a special issue of the journal entitled: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Child Development. He is Associate Editor for Journal of Counseling Psychology (beginning 7/2006), and is also the editor for Handbook of Race, Racism, and the Development Child to be published by John Wiley, 2007. Dr. Quintana’s current research is in developing and evaluating a model of children’s understanding of social status, which includes ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and social class. His other multicultural research has focused on students’ adjustment to higher education, children’s understanding of ethnic prejudice, and multicultural training in professional organizations. In addition, he has published research on termination and internalization of therapeutic relationships, time-limited psychotherapy, and late adolescent development. — UW-Madison Bio

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