ERIC Number: ED202618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Self-Defined Community Satisfactions of Mexican American Families in Metropolitan South Texas: Age Status and Place of Residence Comparisons.
Ballard, Chester C.
Trained, indigenous, bilingual people conducted interviews with 172 Mexican American families from the Southmost area of Brownsville and rural communities in Brooks County, Texas, to ascertain metro-nonmetro community satisfaction, as determined by place of residence and age status differentiations among family members. Complete family study units (138 qualified) consisted of interviews with the husband, wife, and one teenager (all in same household), with one parent being Mexican American. Data on 11 Brooks County families were excluded for a special study. Metro and nonmetro adults were generally more satisfied than youth regarding community satisfaction. Generational differences were also indicated in desired size of place preferences, with youth having a greater desire for urban living, while adults chose rural residence locations. Most aspects of the local community were perceived in a positive or satisfactory manner, particularly by adults. Recreational opportunities, jobs, housing, and crime were the focus of some dissatisfaction. Thus, simplistic notions or generalized assumptions about place of residence or generational variation among minority groups did not adequately relate to the complexity and dissimilarity existing in local communities; to understand these aspects more fully, more precise notions of how minority group members perceive these aspects must be developed. (AN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nonmetropolitan Areas; Texas (Brooks County); Texas (Brownsville); Texas (South)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Minority Studies (9th, Las Cruces, NM, April 22-24, 1981). Paper contributes to TAES Research Project H-3286, "Quality of Life As Influenced by Place of Residence."