ERIC Number: ED362604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Moving from the Margins: Puerto Rican Young Men and Family Poverty.
Perez, Sonia M.
This report contains the first-year research and findings of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Puerto Rican Young Men and Poverty Project. This project is a 2-year community-based effort to understand and begin to explain the relationship between the experiences of Puerto Rican men aged 16 to 24 years and the persistent poverty of Puerto Rican families. Education is found to be one of the most critical factors in determining the economic outcomes of young Puerto Rican men. It is also suggested that male unemployment, insufficient work experience, and limited connection to the work force may be greater factors in Puerto Rican poverty than low wages. Changes in the economy help explain these conditions. Another contributing factor is employment discrimination, which affects the job opportunities and earnings of Puerto Rican males. Further research is needed on the roles that delinquency, crime, incarceration, and related issues play in the socioeconomic status of young Puerto Ricans and their families. Current policy issues that require debate include attention to employment and training programs and policies for young Puerto Rican men, antipoverty strategies and social programs, and welfare reforms that examine poverty and the role of young men in the formation of families. An appendix lists participants in the study's round table. Eight figures and two tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 67 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Educational Background, Educational Discrimination, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Ethnic Discrimination, Family Problems, Financial Problems, Hispanic Americans, Labor Market, Low Income Groups, Males, Poverty, Puerto Ricans, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Status, Unemployment, Young Adults
National Council of La Raza, Publications Department, 810 First Street, N.E., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.