ERIC Number: ED286668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying Anglo, Mexican American and American Indian Respondents for a Study of Recent Widows: Suggestions for Future Researchers. Working Paper No. 23.
Tobias, Cynthia L.; And Others
Innovative methods devised to obtain the desired number of Anglo, Mexican American and American Indian women for a study of the health of recently widowed low income women are explored. Social and health service agencies proved generally unable to assist by contacting their clients. Different techniques were found to be successful for recruiting and retaining members of the different ethnic groups. Newspaper advertisements and letters sent in response to obituary notices were the most successful in identifying Anglo widows. Mexican-American widows did not respond to impersonal advertisement or letters, but were located primarily through churches. Most Mexican-American widows agreed to be interviewed only after an initial personal visit from the bilingual, middle-aged interviewer. Few eligible American Indian widows were identified, the population was also very small, and again the majority of referrals came from the churches. Significantly, it was found that no widows considered the interview process at all intrusive. Most expressed relief at being able to discuss their experiences and problems with a nonfamily member, the interviewer. (Author/JMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Southwest Inst. for Research on Women.