Who is Hispanic? Definitions and their consequences.
What is the appropriate method for classifying Spanish-speaking-origin inhabitants of the United States? This paper presents relevant data from the first wave of a longitudinal study of adolescents in the greater Miami area. As expected, the broadest definition--"up to third generation" Hispanic--identified the largest proportion of the sample as Hispanic, whereas parent self-report placed the smallest proportion into the Hispanic category. When policymakers are concerned about enumerating the entire Hispanic population, a definition broader than self-identification should be used; in estimating prevalence rates, however, the use of self-identification may be adequate.
American Public Health Association
Zimmerman, R.S., Vega, W.A., Gil, A.G., Warheit, G.J., Apsopori, E., & Biafora, F. (1994). Who is Hispanic? Definitions and their consequences. American Journal of Public Health, 84(12), 1985-1987. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.84.12.1985
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