ERIC Number: ED382051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Southeast Asian Refugee English Proficiency & Education in Texas: Findings from the Texas Refugee Study.
Taylor, Eric H.; Barton, Lisa S.
This document is the first in a series of reports about Texas's refugees and is an analysis of more than 1,000 Vietnamese and Laotian refugee interviews. What follows is an examination of the relationships English proficiency and education have with Southeast Asian refugees' income, mammogram screenings, smoking, citizenship, possession of a driver's license, and self-reported quality of life measures among Southeast Asians living in Houston, Texas. The survey instrument was a questionnaire with approximately 300 variables covering demographics, education, employment, and other factors mentioned above. The interviews were conducted in the refugees' native language of Vietnamese or Laotian. Interviewers were leaders from the Vietnamese and Laotian communities who were specifically trained in how to conduct the survey without biasing responses. All interviewees were pre-approved. Random verification checks were performed on 10% of the interviews. Most of the interviews were conducted by telephone, a factor that excluded those not owning a telephone. As participants were required to be at least 18 years of age, the results do not necessarily represent the experiences of younger Southeast Asian refugees. Several appendices containing data on the variables are included. (Contains 13 references.) (CK)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Education Work Relationship, Educational Status Comparison, English (Second Language), Factor Analysis, Family Income, Functional Literacy, Health Needs, Interviews, Language Proficiency, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Refugees, Socioeconomic Status, Surveys
Texas Office of Immigration & Refugee Affairs, P.O. Box 149030, 701 West 51st Street, Austin, TX 78714-9030.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Human Services, Austin.; Texas State Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs, Austin.
Identifiers: Southeast Asians; Texas