Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults of Hispanic origin or ancestry, LANGCHILD reports answers to the question, "Which language did you use as a child?" Interviewers handed respondents a flashcard listing the following choices: "Only Spanish," "Mostly Spanish," "Spanish and English about the same," "Mostly English," "Only English," "Other Language." According to the Field Representative's Manual for 2000, if a respondent gave an answer that did not fit one of the response categories, the interviewer was to direct attention back to the flashcard with the probe, "Please pick the closest answer you can."
LANGCHILD was the second question in a series about language use intended to measure "Hispanic Acculturation"; the first question in the series collected comparable information about the language the respondent generally spoke now (LANGSPEAK). The Manual described this section on "Hispanic Acculturation" as follows:
If respondents did not indicate "other language" for LANGSPEAK and LANGCHILD, they were also asked the language they usually used for reading (LANGREAD), speaking at home (LANGHOME), speaking with friends (LANGFRIEND), thinking (LANGTHINK), listening to the radio (LANGRADIO) and watching television (LANGTV).
The 2000 Manual explained why these follow-up questions were skipped when "other language" was chosen for both the language generally spoken now and for the language spoken as a child:
- 2000: Sample adults age 18+ of Hispanic origin or ancestry.
- 2000 : SAMPWEIGHT