ERIC Number: ED394707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Puerto Rican Natural Support Systems as a Bridge between Community and Schools. Report No. 34.
Delgado, Melvin; Rivera, Hilda
This study examined a sample of 24 Puerto Rican families from two kindergarten and first grade bilingual classes at the Blackstone School in the South End of Boston. The typical family in the sample was headed by a woman aged 32.9, with three preschool and elementary school age children. The typical mother arrived from Puerto Rico in 1974, and has lived in her current community a total of ten years. Her formal education is below a high school diploma and she is receiving some form of public assistance. Four sets of interviews were conducted: the first set with 24 families, the second with 18, the third with 16, and the fourth and final set of interviews with 13 families. Data were gathered on topics from basic demographic information to history of migration, help-seeking patterns, and perceptions of the community and schools. These interviews provided baseline data and demographic information with which to compare the sample population with that of Boston and the United States. The data suggest that the natural support systems of Puerto Rican families in this study are very limited, and that they identify the school which their children attend as a major resource in their lives. (Contains 39 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.; Boston Univ., MA. School of Social Work.