Author

Lisa L. Knapp

Date of Award:

2003

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Department name when degree awarded

Sociology

Advisor/Chair:

E. Helen Berry

Abstract

Most past research on migration has focused on young adults or recent retirees since these are the two groups most likely to migrate. Very little research has looked at the factors that affect the migration of people in the middle stages of life. The purpose of this research is to identify those factors, and determine if there are differences between whites, blacks, and Hispanics.

The data utilized for this research were from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth 79, a study funded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that has been ongoing since 1979. Migration was defined as the movement across county lines, and was calculated for 1979 and all subsequent even numbered years between 1980 and 2000. Other variables controlled were demographic, socioeconomic status, and household status, and were measured as categorical variables. Descriptive and logistic analyses were used. (77 pages)

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