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Mexican Origin People in the United States: Detroit Pretest, 1978 (ICPSR 8000)

Principal Investigator(s): Arce, Carlos H.


This study was conducted for the purpose of developing an appropriate measurement instrument for the Chicano Survey, which would be conducted one year later. Four different questionnaires were administered over a period of three months to 111 people of Mexican descent who agreed to participate in the survey. Due to attrition, subsequent surveys had fewer respondents. The data for all four questionnaires have been combined into a single dataset. Variables provide information on respondents' feelings about Mexican political and cultural history, the extent of their cultural affiliation, their mental health, marriage, and aspirations for themselves and their children.

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Study Description


Arce, Carlos H. MEXICAN ORIGIN PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES: DETROIT PRETEST, 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center, Chicano Research Network [producer], 1978. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1982.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cultural attitudes, cultural identity, cultural values, discrimination, ethnicity, families, family life, family relations, foreign born, immigration, Mexican Americans, political attitudes, racial attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1978

Date of Collection:   

  • 1978

Universe:    All people of Mexican descent living in two Census tracts containing a large percentage of Hispanics in Detroit, Michigan, in 1978.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Potential respondents were initially identified based on an ethnic screening questionnaire administered to randomly selected households. Respondents were then selected based on their willingness to participate in the survey.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18



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