ERIC Number: ED107419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Kansas Migrant Survey: An Interpretive Profile of the Mexican-American Migrant Family.
Gutierrez, Elizabeth; Lujan, Herman D.
Originally a federally-funded organization created to serve migrant families in the 16 counties of Western Kansas, the Kansas Council of Agricultural Workers and Low-Income Families (KCAW-LIF) marked the first major effort to cope with the problems of migrant life by providing basic services at public cost. A survey of 245 migrant families was conducted from June through August 1972 in 10 of the 16 counties served by KCAW-LIF. Farmworkers were classified as seasonal, farm, and nonfarm residents. The analysis unit was the family; the family's principle breadwinner was interviewed. Since Chicanos comprised the largest segment of migrants, those interviewed were Mexican American. A questionnaire designed in English and Spanish was administered to obtain data concerning: citizenship, family size, education, language facility, religion, settling out, living and working conditions, service availability, and basic migrant attitudes about services. Interviewers were 14 local bilingual Chicanos with experience as farmworkers in the survey area. Some findings were: (1) jobs and legal services were most often cited as being needed; (2) more families knew of the availability of services than had actually used them; and (3) 57.9 percent of the migrant families indicated that they would settle out in Kansas if permanent work were available, and 37.7 percent said they would not settle out in Kansas. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kansas Council of Agricultural Workers and Low-Income Families, Garden City.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Inst. for Social and Environmental Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas