ERIC Number: EJ946228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Issues in the Assessment of "Race" among Latinos: Implications for Research and Policy
Allen, Vincent C., Jr.; Lachance, Christina; Rios-Ellis, Britt; Kaphingst, Kimberly A.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v33 n4 p411-424 Nov 2011
Measurement of race and ethnicity is integral to assessing and addressing health disparities experienced by minorities. However, the unique experiences of Latinos related to race and the discordance between understandings of race among Latinos and the predominant U.S. conceptualizations of this construct impact how Latinos respond to measurement approaches. As a result, data collection methodologies often yield ambiguous responses that reveal little about this population. This article examines Latinos' racial responding, and how this relates to their experiences and understanding of their racial identity. We recommend the use of a combined race and ethnicity question and open-ended race and ethnicity questions, when feasible, which will likely yield more meaningful data that can be used to address this populations' health needs.
Descriptors: Health Needs, Ethnicity, Race, Racial Identification, Evaluation Methods, Hispanic Americans, Measurement, Minority Groups, Public Policy
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