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Mexican Origin People in the United States: Detroit Pretest, 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Arce, Carlos H.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cultural attitudes; cultural identity; cultural values; discrimination; ethnicity; families; family life; family relations; foreign born; immigration; Mexican Americans; political attitudes; racial attitudes
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978
  • Collection date: 1978
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All people of Mexican descent living in two Census tracts containing a large percentage of Hispanics in Detroit, Michigan, in 1978.
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.
Collection Mode
  • 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.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8000 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08000.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Arce, Carlos H. (1984): Mexican Origin People in the United States: Detroit Pretest, 1978. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.