ERIC Number: ED332510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Educational Level and Illiteracy Rates of Mothers and Step-Fathers of Vietnamese Amerasians Enroute to the United States.
Ronk, Donald E.
A study compared demographic and test data on the Vietnamese mothers or primary caregivers of Amerasian offspring (hereafter, Amerasian mothers) with those of non-Amerasian peers at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Eight hypotheses concerning the educational level, illiteracy rate, English language skills, husband's education, and children's relative educational achievement were tested against the data. Hypotheses also addressed the characteristics of mothers and step-fathers of Afro-Amerasian children. Results were mixed, with some hypotheses supported and some not. It was found that Amerasian mothers had about four years less education, five times the illiteracy rate, and lower levels of English language skills than their peers. The stepfathers of Amerasians placed well above their spouses in education and literacy but not in English skills. No substantial difference was found between Amerasian mothers and their children in years of schooling or literacy rate. The mothers of Afro-Amerasian children had less schooling and a much higher illiteracy rate than Amerasian mothers in general. The step-fathers of Afro-Amerasians had significantly higher levels of schooling, better English skills, and less illiteracy than the mothers, but less achieved schooling and literacy than their Amerasian peers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Afro Americans; Philippine Refugee Processing Center