ERIC Number: ED227517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
The Attitude of Mexican Elites toward Future Economic Relationships with the United States: A Study of Intercultural Perceptions.
Johnson, J. David; Tims, Albert R.
A model was developed positing four factors as having a determinant influence on the desire of Mexicans for future economic relationships between their country and the United States. The factors, previously identified as occupying a central position in intercultural communication, are perceptions of shared interests, threats, homophily, and accuracy. The model was tested using data collected in a survey of 800 Mexicans identified as holding "elite" positions in three metropolitan areas. The subjects, business executives (for both Mexican-owned and American-owned companies), government officials, professors, secondary school teachers, mass media executives, university students, and labor leaders, were chosen because they could be expected to be influential in decisions affecting future relationships between their country and the United States. After having been gathered through personal interviews with the subjects, the data were submitted to LISTREL analysis, a path analysis technique involving multiple indicators of latent variables. The results were supportive of the model with an acceptable goodness of fit and with a high level of variance accounted for in the sole dependent variable. However, the results did indicate that the initial posited relationships among latent variables were more complex than first hypothesized. (Appendixes contain definitions for the elite occupations and operationalizations for the multiple indicators.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mexico; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).