Latino National Survey (LNS) Focus Group Data, 2006 (ICPSR 29601)

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Luis R. Fraga, University of Washington; John A. Garcia, University of Arizona; Rodney Hero, University of Notre Dame; Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University; Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Texas Christian University; Gary M. Segura, University of Washington

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The focus groups conducted by the research team for the project presented here offer precisely this convergence of both breadth and depth. The team used a common protocol to guide discussion in fifteen focus groups -- with more than 150 participants in nine cities across eight states -- that were designed to include Spanish and English-speaking respondents, in different regions of the country, with differing compositions by generation and country of origin. The number and range of the participants in these Latino focus groups are unique in the social science literature. This study presents the results of a unique data set, the results of fifteen focus groups conducted across the United States with Latino residents, including foreign-born -- both legal and undocumented immigrants and native-born. These data provide more range than allowed by the typical interview-based project and not only give key insights into Latino residents' thoughts about community, language, discrimination, ties to their countries of origin, and the like, but also provide some sense of participants' explanations of their reasoning and motivations, something not achievable through structured survey data alone.

Fraga, Luis R., Garcia, John A., Hero, Rodney, Jones-Correa, Michael, Martinez-Ebers, Valerie, and Segura, Gary M. Latino National Survey (LNS) Focus Group Data, 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-19.

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Ford Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Joyce Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas A&M University, Annie E. Casey Foundation, University of Notre Dame. Inter-University Program for Latino Research
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2005-11-17 -- 2006-08-04

This study is related to ICPSR study 24502: Latino National Survey (LNS) -- New England, 2006 and ICPSR STUDY 6841: LATINO NATIONAL POLITICAL SURVEY, 1989-1990. While these studies do not constitute a formal series, they are related by topic and principal investigator.

This study has both public use and restricted use versions. The restricted use version contains the FIPS codes which were recoded to a 9-series in the public use file.

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The universe of analysis contains approximately 87.5 percent of the United States Hispanic population. States were first selected based on the overall size of the Latino/Hispanic population. In addition, four states, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, and North Carolina, were added in an attempt to capture the evolving nature of emerging populations in states without lengthy histories of large Latino populations. Georgia and North Carolina, however, rank 12th and 14th, respectively, in terms of Latino population size and would have been included on that basis alone.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Fraga, Luis R., John A. Garcia, Rodney Hero, Michael Jones-Correa, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, and Gary M. Segura. Latino National Survey (LNS) Focus Group Data, 2006. ICPSR29601-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-19.

2015-08-19 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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