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Spanish LegaciesThe Coming of Age of the Second Generation$
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Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and Williiam Haller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286290

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286290.001.0001

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The Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation

The Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation

(p.55) Four The Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation
Spanish Legacies

Alejandro Portes

Rosa Aparicio

William Haller

University of California Press

We review the research design of the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) as a prelude to presenting the methodology of the Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation (ILSEG in its Spanish acronym) in Spain. The sampling strategy, questionnaire design, and instrument administration of ILSEG closely parallel those of CILS and facilitate comparisons between the countries. The rationale for employing a longitudinal design and its advantages relative to cross-sectional surveys are explained. We present evidence of the success of the follow-up ILSEG sample in terms of absence of bias relative to the original one. The second generation’s replacement survey, completed in 2012, also turned out to be quite similar to the follow-up sample in a number of objective characteristics. This allows us to merge both samples to increase the reliability and representativeness of adaptation results over time.

Keywords:   Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), ILSEG, Longitudinal Study of the Second Generation, cross-sectional surveys

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