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Survey of Three Generations of Mexican Americans, 1981-1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Markides, Kyriakos S.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
extended families; family relationships; family structure; life satisfaction; Mexican Americans; older adults
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted in San Antonio, Texas, where the Mexican-American population is approximately half a million and accounts for over 50 percent of the city's population. The large number of Mexican Americans made San Antonio an appropriate setting for a three-generation study. This survey sought to describe the role of older Mexican Americans in the extended family by obtaining information on relations between generations, frequency of contact, amount of intergenerational social support, and strength of affectual ties. The three-generation families studied consisted of an older person (aged 65-80 years), a middle-aged child, and an adult (aged 18 years and over) married or previously married grandchild of the same family line, all living within 50 miles of San Antonio. Variables include sex, age, education, marital status, number of children, length of residence, and relationships. Also asked were questions on religion, political preferences, health, occupation, and language spoken, read, and understood. Other items cover life satisfaction and cooperation and help between spouses, between parents and children, and between grandparents and grandchildren. Comparisons of views, beliefs, goals, activities, contact, and support among family members are also included.
  • Methods

    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.; Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Data File
    • DS2: SAS Control Cards for Logical Record Length Data
    • DS3: SAS Control Cards for Card Image Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981 / 1982
    Time period: 1981--1982
  • 1981 / 1982
    Collection date: 1981--1982
Geographic Coverage
  • San Antonio
  • Texas
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Mexican Americans aged 65-80 who had at least one child and one ever-married grandchild (at least 18 years old) in the same family line living in selected city blocks in the San Antonio metropolitan area (within a 50-mile radius).
Multistage area probability sample.
2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9413 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09413.v1
  • Silverstein, Merril, Chen, Xuan. The impact of acculturation in Mexican American families on the quality of adult grandchild-grandparent relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family.61, (1), 188-198.1999.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Levin, Jeffrey S., Markides, Kyriakos S., Ray, Laura A.. Religious attendance and psychological well-being in Mexican Americans: A panel analysis of three-generations data. Gerontologist.36, (4), 454-463.1996.
    • ID: 10.1093/geront/36.4.454 (DOI)
  • Lawrence, Renee H., Bennett, Joan M., Markides, Kyriakos S.. Perceived intergenerational solidarity and psychological distress among older Mexican Americans. Journal of Gerontology.47, (2), S55-S65.1992.
  • Liang, Jersey, Tran, Thanh Van, Krause, Neal, Markides, Kyriakos. Generational differences in the structure of the CES-D scale in Mexican Americans. Journal of Gerontology.44, (3), S110-S120.1989.
  • Liang, Jersey, Tran, Thanh Van, Markides, Kyriakos S.. Differences in the structure of life satisfaction index in three generations of Mexican Americans. Journal of Gerontology.43, (1), S1-S8.1988.
  • Krause, Neal, Markides, Kyriakos S.. Gender Roles, Illness, and Illness Behavior in a Mexican American Population. Social Science Quarterly.68, (1), 102-121.1987.
  • Markides, Kyriakos S., Boldt, Joanne S., Ray, Laura A.. Sources of helping and intergenerational solidarity: A three-generations study of Mexican Americans. Journal of Gerontology.41, (4), 506-511.1986.
  • Krause, Neal, Markides, Kyriakos S.. Employment and psychological well-being in Mexican American Women. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.26, (1), 15-26.1985.
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  • Markides, Kyriakos S., Hoppe, Sue Keir. Marital Satisfaction in Three Generations of Mexican Americans. Social Science Quarterly.66, (1), 147-154.1985.
  • Markides, Kyriakos S., Krause, Neal. Intergenerational solidarity and psychological well-being among older Mexican Americans: A three-generations study. Journal of Gerontology.40, (3), 390-392.1985.
  • Markides, Kyriakos S., Vernon, Sally W.. Aging, sex-role orientation, and adjustment: A three-generation study of Mexican Americans. Journal of Gerontology.39, (5), 586-591.1984.
  • Markides, Kyriakos S., Hoppe, Sue K., Timbers, Dianne M.. Sample representativeness in a three-generation study of Mexican Americans. Journal of Marriage and Family.45, (4), 911-916.1983.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Markides, Kyriakos S. (1992): Survey of Three Generations of Mexican Americans, 1981-1982. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.