ERIC Number: ED138653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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A Comparative Study of the Patterns of Acculturation of Selected Puerto Rican, Protestant and Roman Catholic Families in an Urban Metropolitan Area.
Lennon, John J.
This examines the existing state of acculturation of Puerto Rican migrants living in Chicago and the extent to which religion affects their acculturation. Six variables (age, prior urban or rural residence, sex, recency of migration, religion, and religiousness) and the relationship of these variables to acculturation are investigated. The sample consists of fifty Puerto Rican families who are members of a Protestant church and fifty Puerto Rican families who are members of a Roman Catholic church in the city of Chicago. A concise, yet comprehensive theoretical orientation, and a literature review are presented. In addition, background information on family structure, social and psychological problems, housing, occupation, income, and religion concerning Puerto Rican migrants is discussed. Data for the study were collected by means of interviews and an index of acculturation. The results are fully reported. It is concluded that the respondents of the study manifest a low level of acculturation to living in Chicago. Although age, prior urban or rural residence in Puerto Rico, sex, recency of migration and religion were not found to be significantly related to acculturation, the degree of participation in church services and activities was found to be significantly related to acculturation. Consistent churchgoers who identify closely with the value system of their church are more acculturated than those who are not closely attached to their church and its devotional life. (Author/BS)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Biculturalism, Catholics, Cultural Pluralism, Migrants, Protestants, Puerto Rican Culture, Puerto Ricans, Religious Cultural Groups, Urban Areas, Urban Environment, Urban Population
R and E Resarch Associates, 4843 Mission Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94112 ($10.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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