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Statistical handbook on racial groups in the United States
Heaton, Tim B.
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Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, [2000]

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xix, 355 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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As the shift in the racial and ethnic composition of the united States continues, students, researchers, and others will find it important to understand the differences between--and similarities among--racial groups. This volume compiles a broad range of statistical data on important topics across various racial groups. Gathered from authoritative sources, this information offers statistical comparisons on timely subjects, including: educational goals, attitudes about employment, leisure pursuits, marital happiness, attitudes about contraception, religious beliefs, arrest rates, and political party preferences.

Author Notes

TIM B. HEATON, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology, Center for Studies of the Family, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He has coauthored a number of books and articles on cultural and societal demographics.

BRUCE A. ChADWICK, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he has served as department chairperson, director of the Family Studies Program, and director of the Center for Studies of the Family. He is a recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Research Award in recognition of his distinguished research career. Chadwick is the author of several books and numerous articles on many sociological, topics including the family. Chadwick received his bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

CARDELL K. JACOBSON is a sociology professor at Brigham Young University. /e

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Booklist Review

More than 400 charts and tables provide a broad range of data on non-Hispanic whites, Native Americans, and African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. Most of the data come from U.S. government sources.

Library Journal Review

Culled from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census and several specialized studies, e.g. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and the General Social Survey, this statistical sourcebook provides comparative data on the major American racial groups in a wide variety of areas, including employment, family, political participation, income, and religious beliefs, among others. The work is usefully arranged by topic, and a brief essay introduces each section; the tables are clearly printed in easily readable type and include a referenceÄprint or web-based for each source. The index provides easy access to the vast range of statistics in the volume. Most of the data was compiled between 1994 and 1999. Although this nicely produced work contains useful statistical information published relatively recently, the 2000 Census results should be available within the next year or so and will provide the most up-to-date statistics. Nevertheless, this work does offer extrapolated and analyzed statistical material, which might not be available from nonprofit and commercial research agencies for some time. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.ÄDonald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This volume's tables and charts of statistics on racial and ethnic populations in the US focus on topics such as education, employment, family, political participation, religion, sex and fertility, and health. This information, far from rare, has been collected from such well-known sources as the Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Gallup Poll. Most of the information dates from 1950 to the late 1990s. Other statistical resources on racial and ethnic groups may focus on discrete topics (e.g., marketing) or on a selected racial/ethnic group; the present resource combines numerous groups and topics in one easy-to-use volume. A number of the instruments unhelpfully report the data merely in terms of "White," "Black," and "Other," which does not assist users to understand the full picture of diversity in the US. Similarly, data from diverse groups such as American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos--all made up of a number of smaller, culturally distinct groups--are not divided into more meaningful subpopulations; for example, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese Americans. The book will help locate basic statistical information mainly on African Americans and non-Hispanic whites. Readers needing more detailed statistics may need to look elsewhere. Public and academic library reference collections. S. A. Vega Garcia; Iowa State University

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Chartsp. v
Prefacep. xvii
A. Demographic Contextp. 1
1. Size, Growth, and Projectionsp. 3
2. Age and Sexp. 14
3. Geographic Distribution and Mobilityp. 26
4. Immigration and Ancestryp. 42
B. Educationp. 60
1. Enrollment and Graduationp. 64
2. Dropoutsp. 66
3. Aspirationsp. 67
4. Achievements and Attainmentsp. 69
5. Educational Proficiencyp. 73
6. Parental Support for Schoolsp. 79
7. School Related Issuesp. 82
8. Higher Education Enrollmentp. 86
9. Higher Education Graduationsp. 88
10. Higher Education Facultyp. 91
C. Economics and Employmentp. 93
1. Employment and Job Characteristicsp. 95
2. Incomep. 108
3. Povertyp. 115
4. Attitudes about Employment and Economic Issuesp. 122
5. Retirement and Consumptionp. 132
D. Health, Well-Being, and Lifestylesp. 138
1. Life Expectancy and Death Ratesp. 141
2. Health and Health Risksp. 159
3. Health Carep. 165
4. Attitudes about Health Carep. 170
5. Mental and Emotional Health Carep. 175
6. Life Satisfaction and General Happinessp. 180
7. Leisure, Recreational, and Cultural Activitiesp. 181
E. Familyp. 185
1. Marriage and Fertilityp. 187
2. Marital Happinessp. 195
3. Family Rolesp. 197
4. Divorcep. 199
5. Family Activitiesp. 203
6. Child Care Arrangementsp. 216
7. Extended Familyp. 219
F. Sex, Fertility, and Contraceptionp. 222
1. Romance and Sexual Experiencep. 225
2. Fertilityp. 234
3. Contraception and Abortionp. 254
G. Religion and Religiosityp. 270
1. Affiliations and Participationp. 272
2. Religious Beliefsp. 273
3. Personal Religiosityp. 276
4. Consequences of Religionp. 280
5. Images of Humankindp. 282
H. Crime and Delinquencyp. 283
1. Arrest Rates for Adultsp. 285
2. Arrest Rates for Juvenilesp. 293
3. Incarceration and Sentencep. 300
4. Victims of Crimesp. 303
5. Hate Crimesp. 307
6. Attitudes toward Crime and Policep. 311
I. Political Participationp. 313
1. Elected Officialsp. 315
2. Voting and Political Party Identificationp. 318
3. Military Personnel and Participationp. 320
4. Political Attitudesp. 321
5. Social Attitudesp. 326
6. Racial Attitudesp. 330
Indexp. 337