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ERIC Number: ED257101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Mexican-Americans as an Ethnic Sample: Random Digit Dialing vs. Sampling by Surnames.
Chang, Tsan-Kuo; And Others
Since the telephone interview is often used as a method in survey research, a study was conducted to determine whether use of random digit dialing and sampling by surnames resulted in selection of two different samples from the same ethnic population. A random digit dialing technique was used to conduct interviews with 1,076 Texas residents over the age of 18 between February and May 1984. The sample included 168 Hispanics. To supplement it, a special sample of persons with Hispanic surnames was selected, using telephone directories from 29 cities with large Hispanic populations. An additional 142 respondents were added to the total sample. Respondents were considered Mexican Americans based on whether they said their ethnic origin was wholly or partially Hispanic, which included Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. Four sets of variables were examined: respondents' background, ethnically related items, ethnic cultural evaluation issues, and general and ethnic media use. Results showed that the two methods did not produce different samples from the same Mexican American population. (A copy of the survey questions is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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