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A Structural Equation Model of Support for English-only Policies and Social Limitation of Immigrants and Minorities
Unformatted Document Text:  Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 10 Also, there were positive relationships between perceptions of growing Latino vitality and social limitation policies (i.e., disapproval of affirmative action; the desire for stricter immigration controls; the denial of health and education services to illegal immigrants; and disagreement with legal immigrants being allowed to settle relatives in the U.S.). With regard to perceptions about Anglo vitality, there were negative relationships with such limitations of immigrants and minorities. Therefore, not surprisingly, there were positive associations between support for English-only policies and support for social limitation of immigrants and minorities. (For a detailed description of these findings see ------------, in press). The original investigation looked at the relationship between perceptions about Latino group vitality and Anglo group vitality and support for English-only and related policies. The emphasis was primarily on perceptions of Latino vitality; however, the data showed that perceptions about Anglo-American vitality to be influential. -------------- (in press) suggested that it is likely that the discrepancy between perceptions concerning levels of Latino vitality and Anglo vitality maybe more telling than the level of Latino vitality per se. In other words, if Anglo-Americans perceive that that the gap between Anglo group vitality and Latino group vitality is growing smaller then they are more likely to support English-only policies and social limitation on immigrants and minorities. This discrepancy is described here as "relative vitality," and its influence (although discussed) had never been empirically assessed. Therefore, the following hypotheses posit that: H 1 : a. Among Anglo-Americans, perceptions of relative vitality will be negatively related to support for English-only policies.

Authors: Barker, Valerie. and Giles, Howard.
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Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 10
Also, there were positive relationships between perceptions of growing Latino
vitality and social limitation policies (i.e., disapproval of affirmative action; the desire for
stricter immigration controls; the denial of health and education services to illegal
immigrants; and disagreement with legal immigrants being allowed to settle relatives in
the U.S.). With regard to perceptions about Anglo vitality, there were negative
relationships with such limitations of immigrants and minorities. Therefore, not
surprisingly, there were positive associations between support for English-only policies
and support for social limitation of immigrants and minorities. (For a detailed description
of these findings see ------------, in press).
The original investigation looked at the relationship between perceptions about
Latino group vitality and Anglo group vitality and support for English-only and related
policies. The emphasis was primarily on perceptions of Latino vitality; however, the
data showed that perceptions about Anglo-American vitality to be influential. --------------
(in press) suggested that it is likely that the discrepancy between perceptions
concerning levels of Latino vitality and Anglo vitality maybe more telling than the level of
Latino vitality per se. In other words, if Anglo-Americans perceive that that the gap
between Anglo group vitality and Latino group vitality is growing smaller then they are
more likely to support English-only policies and social limitation on immigrants and
minorities. This discrepancy is described here as "relative vitality," and its influence
(although discussed) had never been empirically assessed. Therefore, the following
hypotheses posit that:
H
1
:
a. Among Anglo-Americans, perceptions of relative vitality will be negatively
related to support for English-only policies.


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