12/11/2009 - A new, comprehensive survey of young Latinos paints a mixed picture of their footing in the United States. They express overall satisfaction with their lives, despite high levels of poverty and teenage pregnancy, while carving an identity based more on their parents’ home country rather than labels like “American” or even “Hispanic” or “Latino.”
The findings come from a report, “Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America,” to be released Friday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group.
The report combines an analysis of census and other demographic data with a telephone poll last summer of 2,012 Latinos ages 16 and older, 1,240 of them from 16 to 25. The overall margin of error is four percentage points.
The goal was to provide a close-up look at an ethnic group representing one in four newborns—an unprecedented share among minorities—and one in five schoolchildren that “will help shape the kind of society America becomes in the 21st century,” as the report puts it.
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