ERIC Number: ED365765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Parental-Structure Experiences of Whites, Blacks, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans. Discussion Papers.
Wojtkiewicz, Roger A.
This study reports the percentage of whites, blacks, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans who, as children, adolescents, and teenagers, lived in one or more of several family types (e.g., mother-father, mother-only, mother-stepfather). Unlike previous analyses of the topic, the present one looks at Mexicans and Puerto Ricans separately, treating them as two distinct groups. It finds that whites are least likely to have ever lived in a nonintact family (i.e., a family whose heads are not the biological mother and father of the children), whereas blacks are most likely. The percentages of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans who have ever lived in a nonintact family fall in between and are quite different from each other, proving that the two groups should not be indiscriminately combined under the category of "Hispanic." Five tables are included. An appendix gives definitions from the report. (Contains 24 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Black Youth, Children, Ethnic Groups, Family Structure, Fathers, Incidence, Low Income Groups, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Mothers, One Parent Family, Poverty, Puerto Ricans, Whites
Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Drive, 3412 Social Science Building, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Inst. for Research on Poverty.