Dear ML-SAAF participants,
The ML-SAAF research team at the University of Chicago, School of Social Administration would like to thank you for participating in our study! We are nearing the end of the first round of surveys, and we could not have done it without your support. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules for the interviews.
In this newsletter, we provide a brief overview on the progress of the study thus far. Starting last September of 2015 until now, the research team has been surveying Korean and Filipino families to reach our goal of 450 families for both groups, a total of 900 families altogether. As of early this April, 390 Korean families and 180 Filipino families have been interviewed.
As the figures show, we are struggling to reach our goal of interviewing 450 Filipino families. We have been working closely with the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, the Archdiocese of Chicago, Filipino social welfare agencies, and teachers to recruit Filipino participants. However, as the study is soon coming to a close at the end of April, we are still in great need of Filipino participants. If you or your family members know of any Filipino families with middle and high school children, we would like to ask for your help in reaching out to them for our study. To show our appreciation, we offer you $20 incentive for every Filipino family that you refer and participate in the study.
The following information is a general overview of the interview data thus far. As we gather and analyze more data, we will continue to provide further detailed information.
Amongst the Korean family participants, 373 youth have participated (197 boys and 176 girls). Out of the 387 parent participants, 98% were mothers. The average age of mothers was 45-years old and the average period of residence in the U.S. was 16 years. For the youth participants, the average age was 14-years old and the average period of residence in the U.S. was 8.2 years. Of the youths, 56% of participants were born in the U.S., while 36% came to the U.S. from South Korea when they were little. Thus, they all are considered second-generation. Of the mothers, 63% of participants have a job where 33% are full-time and 29.8% are part-time. As for religion, 76% of mothers were Protestant Christian, 18% Catholic, and 3% as Buddhist.
Amongst the Filipino family participants 167 youth have participated (76 boys and 92 girls). Out of 177 parent participants, 96% were mothers. The average age of mothers was
46-years old and the average period of residence in the U.S. was 22 years. For the youth participants, the average age was 15-years old and the average period of residence in the U.S. was 8 years. Of the youths, 76% of participants were born in the U.S. (18% more than Korean youths), while 24% were born outside of the U.S. Of the Filipino mothers, 82.5% of participants have a job where 65% are full-time and 18% are part-time. As for religion, 63% of mothers were Catholic and 28% Protestant Christian.
We would like to ask you to stay connected with our study and update your contact information (such as address or email) whenever there is a change. Please visit our newly updated website at www.mlsaaf.org. We will continually update the site with more information about the study and other resources as they become available. We also plan to send you periodic newsletters as this one.
As for recruitment of Filipino family participants, please contact us for information by visiting the MLSAAF website, or directly emailing project manager Carol Lee at email@example.com, or calling us at 773-573-3842.
Once again, we'd like to say thank you for your participation. We appreciate your continued interest and support for the study!
ML-SAAF Research Team