Stereotypes about Latinos have big impact
A group of academicians on Monday presented a study in which they detail the “robust” impact that stereotypes about Hispanic immigrants have on the integration and lives of those immigrants in the United States.
The study, headed by Jeffrey M. Timberlake, associate professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, which is being held at the Denver Convention Center.
Timberlake and his colleagues interviewed 2,150 registered voters in Ohio and concluded that the way in which U.S. citizens view Latino immigrants is strongly related to their beliefs about the possible negative impact of immigration.
The study entitled “Who ‘They’ Are Matters” found that those in Ohio do not connect their point of view about immigration in general with their beliefs about the characteristics of immigrants from Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
In the case of Latin Americans, however, the effects of stereotypes are “large and robust, especially regarding attitudes about the impact of immigration on unemployment, school quality, and crime.”
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