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Study Report

Study Number: QM-023-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1981

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: Survey of three generations of Mexican Americans, 1981-1982.  [machine-readable data file] / Markides, Kyriakos S.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9413

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy; machine-readable OSIRIS dictionary; SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This survey was conducted in San Antonio, Texas, where the Mexican-American population is approximately half a million and accounts for over 50 percent of the city's population. The large number of Mexican Americans made San Antonio an appropriate setting for a three-generation study. This survey sought to describe the role of older Mexican Americans in the extended family by obtaining information on relations between generations, frequency of contact, amount of intergenerational social support, and strength of affectual ties. The three-generation families studied consisted of an older person (aged 65-80 years), a middle-aged child, and an adult (aged 18 years and over) married or previously married grandchild of the same family line, all living within 50 miles of San Antonio. Variables include sex, age, education, marital status, number of children, length of residence, and relationships. Also asked were questions on religion, political preferences, health, occupation, and language spoken, read, and understood. Other items cover life satisfaction and cooperation and help between spouses, between parents and children, and between grandparents and grandchildren. Comparisons of views, beliefs, goals, activities, contact, and support among family members are also included.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Mexican Americans aged 65-80 who had at least one child and one ever-married grandchild (at least 18 years old) in the same family line living in selected city blocks in the San Antonio metropolitan area (within a 50-mile radius).

SAMPLE: Multistage area probability sample.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS Control Cards + SPSS Control Cards + data collection instrument.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SAS and SPSS Control Cards for each

TIME PERIOD: 1981-1982




Markides, Kyriakos S., Sue K. Hoppe, and Dianne M. Timbers. ''Sample Representativeness in a Three-Generation Study of Mexican Americans.'' JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY (November 1983), 911-916. Markides, Kyriakos S., and Sally W. Vernon. ''Aging, Sex-Role Orientation, and Adjustment: A Three-Generation Study of Mexican Americans.'' JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY 39 (5) (1984), 586-591. Markides, Kyriakos S., Joanne S. Boldt, and Laura A. Ray. ''Sources of Helping and Intergenerational Solidarity: A Three-Generation Study of Mexican Americans.'' JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY 41 (4) (1986), 506-511.

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