Hispanic American Psychocultural Dispositions Relevant to Personnel Management.
INSTITUTE OF COMPARATIVE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL STUDIES INC WASHINGTON DC
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This project involves the indepth, comparative study of five Hispanic American student samples Puerto Ricans in San Juan and in New York, Cubans in Miami, and Mexican Americans in El Paso and Tempe. In the framework of a psychocultural analysis, these samples were compared with each other and with an Anglo American sample formed of comparable students from the East Coast New York and Washington, D.C.. Each of the six samples includes one hundred junior and senior high school students. The Associative Group Analysis AGA, the main instrument in these investigations, relies on analysis of hundreds of thousands of free spontaneous reactions elicited from the selected samples through continued free associations to a broad variety of culturally dominant themes strategically chosen to represent the main domains of the study. The unstructured technique of psychocultural analysis was used to elicit new information on dominant perceptions and motivations relevant to recruitment, service satisfaction and retention. In response to the frequently posed question, how similar or different are various Hispanic American culture groups e.g., Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, etc., these measures offer an empirical base for grouping Hispanic Americans by the psychological similarities rather than by legalistic criteria irrelevant to management interest. The results demonstrate that the psychologically important distinction is not between Anglo and Hispanic Americans but between the accultured versus the traditional populations.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations