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Southeast Asian Refugee Self-Sufficiency Study, 1982

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Caplan, Nathan
  • Whitmore, John K.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
1990-03-02
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Refugee Resettlement
Language
English
Free Keywords
Boat People; cultural perceptions; economic aid; educational background; family size; government programs; household composition; language; occupations; population migration; public assistance programs; refugees
Description
  • Abstract

    This survey gauged the economic and social status of Southeast Asian refugees who arrived in the United States after September 1978, a group generally known as the "Boat People." Special emphasis was placed on investigating how these refugees adapted to life in the United States and achieved economic self-sufficiency. The survey asked about educational and occupational backgrounds, household composition, family size, secondary migration after arrival in the United States, English proficiency, health problems, health care, insurance coverage, employment, earned income, rent payments, automobile ownership, and the use of government and private programs providing income assistance, vocational training, and other kinds of services. Respondents also were queried about financial setbacks incurred since arrival in the United States, financial support of persons living outside the household, membership in clubs and associations, problems faced in adjusting to life in the United States, degree of satisfaction with housing, neighborhood, services received, and life as a whole, and perceptions about prospects for the future.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Personal Interviews
    • DS2: Household
    • DS3: Family
    • DS4: Respondent
    • DS5: Other Adult
    • DS6: Children
    • DS7: Dictionary Listings and Univariate Statistics for Household, Family, Respondent, Other Adult, and Children
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1982
  • Collection date: 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Vietnamese, Sino-Vietnamese, and Lao refugees who arrived in the United States after September 1978.
Sampling
Probability sample of Southeast Asian refugee households in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, and Orange County, California. Sampling included area probability samples and probability sampling from administrative lists.
Collection Mode
  • The data in the hierarchical file (Part 1) are organized into three levels of hierarchy: (1) households, (2) families, and (3) individuals. In all, the data cover 6,775 members of 2,493 families residing in 1,384 households, for a total of 10,652 records of all types. Of the 6,775 family members, 1,384 are respondents, 2,776 are other adults, and 2,615 are children. Level 1 contains 494 variables and has one record per household. Level 2 contains 63 variables and has one record per family. Level 3 has a single record for each individual. It contains 308 variables for respondents, 309 for other adults, and 21 for children. To use these files, users need to refer to the dictionary listings (Part 7) for column locations and to the codebook for code explanations.

Note
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families. Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-100-81-0064).
Availability
Delivery
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 (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8454 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08454.v2
Publications
  • Tran, Thanh V.. Adjustment Among Different Age and Ethnic Groups of Indochines in the United States. Gerontologist.32, (4), 508-518.1992.
    • ID: 10.1093/geront/32.4.508 (DOI)
  • Caplan, Nathan, Whitmore, John K., Choy, Marcella H.. The Boat People and Achievement in America: A Study of Family Life, Hard Work and Cultural Values. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 1989.
  • Caplan, Nathan, Whitmore, John K., Bui, Quang L.. Economic self-sufficiency among recently arrived refugees from Southeast Asia. Economic Outlook USA.12, (3), 60-63.1985.
  • Caplan, Nathan, Whitmore, John K., Bui, Quang L.. Southeast Asian Refugee Self-Sufficiency Study: Final Report. Washington, DC: United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement. 1985.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Caplan, Nathan; Whitmore, John K. (1990): Southeast Asian Refugee Self-Sufficiency Study, 1982. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08454.v1