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Study TitleAdaptation of migrants, 1979-1982: File 79a
Primary InvestigatorScott, W. A. Scott, R.
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00300-79a
AbstractA sample of families from several European countries were studied by questionnaire in 1979 at the time they appeared for interview with immigration officers in various Australian consulates, and again in 1981 and 1982 following their arrival in Australia. The main concerns of the study were the correlates of adaptive success. The 1979 questionnaire included measures of family structure, interpersonal and community relations, socio- economic status and psychological distress. Over half of this sample replied to a one page mail questionnaire following their arrival in Australia, giving brief information about home ownership, occupational status of the head of household, group membership, use of medical services, pleasant and unpleasant experiences in Australia. The major post-migration interview in 1982 included measures of: the respondent's satisfaction with life circumstances, friends, community, possessions, family, spouse, children, job, school, recreation, housework and national government; improved circumstances through immigration; subjective wellbeing; judged interpersonal traits; and acculturation. Acquaintances of the respondent provided measures of self-esteem, adaptability, inter- personal competence and symptoms of strain. Co-workers provided appraisals of the respondent's performance on the job. Schools in which children were enrolled gave information about the student's performance in school. Judgements of neighbourhood prestige and average cost of a three-bedroom home in that neighbourhood were obtained from real estate agents, and the investigators rated the size and condition of the respondent's home and the condition of the adjacent homes. Most of the same questions were asked of a sample of native Australian families living in Sydney and Canberra for comparison with the new migrants. The 1982 questionnaire was pilot tested on a sample of migrant families in Canberra in 1981.
Production Date (documentation)1984-02-22
Bibliographic CitationScott, W. A. and Scott, R. Adaptation of migrants, 1979-1982 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, .
CopyrightCopyright © 2005, Australian National University and Australian National University. All rights reserved.
ContactScott, W. A. Psychology Department Australian National University;Scott, R. Social Psychiatry Research Unit Australian National University
Contact AffiliationPsychology Department, Australian National University;Social Psychiatry Research Unit, Australian National University
Study Scope Content
Topic ClassificationsAustralian studies;Sociology, Culture;Migrants, immigration and multiculturalism
KeywordsAssimilation (Cultural);Community involvement;Ethnic groups;Family;Human relations;Immigration;Job satisfaction;Migrants;Motivation;Social classes;Stress (psychological)
Population (Universe)families of European migrants to Australia with four or more members each with six or more years of formal schooling migrant families in Canberra native Australian families living in Sydney and Canberra
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Methodology Content
Sampling Procedurevolunteer families Applicants to eight Australian consular offices of London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Rome (or Naples), the Hague (or Eindhoven), Cologne (or Hamburg), Los Angeles, and San Francisco who met the criteria size and age characteristics were invited to participate in the study at the time they appeared for interview with a migration officer in 1979. Strict application of the criterion was not always feasible as the number of families eligible was too small in some countries. There were no known instances of refusal, but several instances in which the migration officer decided not to invite an applicant family to the study, as the family was judged 'unsuitable' or 'unable to participate' (usually due to time limitations). Eighty-six percent of the families were eventually accepted for immigration, and six percent more changed their minds after being approved. A sample of 50 native Australian families was recruited by means of newspaper and word of mouth advertisement in Canberra and Sydney in 1982, offering to pay $10 for each family member who completed the questionnaire.
Data Kindsurvey
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Access ConditionsThe depositor wishes to be informed (by the archive) of use being made of the data, in order to comment on that use and make contact with colleagues of similar interests.
Deposit Information Content
DepositorScott, W. A. Psychology Department Australian National University;Scott, R. Social Psychiatry Research Unit Australian National University
Deposit Date1984-02-22
Other Content
Mode of Data Collectionself-completion (group setting)
CommentA sample of families from several European countries were studied by questionnaire in 1979 at the time they appeared for interview with immigration officers in various Australian consulates, and again in 1981 and 1982 following their arrival in Australia. The main concerns of the study were the correlates of adaptive success. The 1979 questionnaire included measures of family structure, interpersonal and community relations, socio- economic status and psychological distress. Over half of this sample replied to a one page mail questionnaire following their arrival in Australia, giving brief information about home ownership, occupational status of the head of household, group membership, use of medical services, pleasant and unpleasant experiences in Australia. The major post-migration interview in 1982 included measures of: the respondent's satisfaction with life circumstances, friends, community, possessions, family, spouse, children, job, school, recreation, housework and national government; improved circumstances through immigration; subjective wellbeing; judged interpersonal traits; and acculturation. Acquaintances of the respondent provided measures of self-esteem, adaptability, inter- personal competence and symptoms of strain. Co-workers provided appraisals of the respondent's performance on the job. Schools in which children were enrolled gave information about the student's performance in school. Judgements of neighbourhood prestige and average cost of a three-bedroom home in that neighbourhood were obtained from real estate agents, and the investigators rated the size and condition of the respondent's home and the condition of the adjacent homes. Most of the same questions were asked of a sample of native Australian families living in Sydney and Canberra for comparison with the new migrants. The 1982 questionnaire was pilot tested on a sample of migrant families in Canberra in 1981.
Study Creation Date2011-04-18 17:43:26 UTC
Bibliographic Citation (documentation)Scott, W. A. and Scott, R. Adaptation of migrants, 1979-1982 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, .
Copyright (documentation)Copyright © 2005, The Australian National University. All rights reserved.
Producer (documentation)Australian Data Archive
Title (documentation)Adaptation of migrants, 1979-1982: File 79a
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00300-79a
LabelAdaptation of migrants, 1979-1982: File 79a
Languageen
ADA Processing LevelLevel 2
Production Date2004-08-26
ADA Study LevelLevel 2
Version ResponsibilityAustralian Data Archive
Time Methodpanel study cross-sectional (one time) study - partial replication
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Study Creation Date: 2011-04-18 17:43:28 UTC
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Study Creation Date: 2011-04-18 17:43:28 UTC
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Study Creation Date: 2011-04-18 17:43:28 UTC
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Study Creation Date: 2011-04-18 17:43:28 UTC
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