ERIC Number: ED137043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan-14
Reference Count: 0
Research and the Hispanic Elderly.
Lacayo, Carmela G.
The current status of research on the Hispanic Elderly indicates that very little has been written. Most of the published material is dated, unreliable, inconclusive, and scattered throughout the historical and social literature world. To date, research regarding the Hispanic Community is seriously defective both statistically and in its sociological interpretation. This research is usually directed in such a way as to reveal what the "present status" is rather than what the problems' root causes are. Since research on the Hispanic Elderly does not involve a homogeneous community, researchers are seldom prepared for the wide cultural and socioeconomic spectrum exhibited in the Hispanic Community. The utilization of Hispanic researchers would do much to alleviate the problems posed by multi-ethnic composition, and the lack of comprehension on the part of the Hispanic Elderly. Therefore, efforts must be made to attract qualified Hispanic students into the field of Gerontological Research. Training programs should be initiated for non-Hispanic researchers to orientate them to pertinent ethnic considerations that will prepare them to produce meaningful research. Also the participation of the Hispanic Community in planning and implementation would greatly facilitate research efforts. Research must be coordinated on the national level to preclude duplication and promote cross-fertilization of innovative techniques and knowledge. (NQ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Research Utilization Project/The Generation Connection, Texas State Department of Public Welfare Conference (McAllen, Texas, January 14, 1977)