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Though this study adds to the research on multiracial individuals, it is not without limitations. First, the cross-sectional design of this study does not allow for a timeordered model to establish how identity experiences influence racial malleability or vice versa. It is important to note that current quantitative methodology is limited in gathering the context-specific logic of identifying differently in various situations. Additionally, this study used snowball-sampling methods, which resulted in varying sample sizes for different racial and ethnic heritages. This limits the ability to compare racial and ethnic combinations to look for group differences, as it would reduce the power of the study to compare unequal groups. Further, a small portion of the sample was born outside of the United States, but currently lives in the United States; also some individuals who were born in the United States are currently living abroad. Time residing in the United States or abroad was not assessed and given the small sample, differences could not be addressed in this study. While a previous study highlighted variation in life satisfaction based on different combinations of ethnic identity, previous qualitative research has emphasized the similarities across multiracial individuals, therefore this study focused on common multiracial experiences. Many of these measures used in the current study have not been widely used therefore a larger sample size would have provided greater 86 statistical power to run sophisticated analyses for the assessing the psychometric utility of the measures. Finally, participants were recruited via multiracial related social networking groups so multiracial identity may have been particularly central to their identity, which could limit the generalizability of this study to other multiracial samples

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