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Heikle Fragen in mündlichen Interviews: Ergebnisse einer Methodenstudie im studentischen Milieu (Sensitive Questions in Face-to-Face Interviews: Findings of a Methodological Study with University Students)

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In einem "sensitive topic survey" mit Studierenden der Universität Mainz (n=578) wurde die Brauchbarkeit von drei Techniken zur Erhebung heikler Sachverhalte untersucht: Wording/Framing-Techniken, die Technik des vertraulichen Kuverts und die Randomized-Response-Technik. Bezüglich Wording/Framing bestätigt sich der Verdacht, dass diese in der Lehrbuchliteratur viel zitierten Techniken oft nicht halten, was sie versprechen. Demgegenüber erweist sich die Technik des vertraulichen Kuverts im Anwendungsfall der Erhebung sexuellen Verhaltens als hilfreich. Die eingesetzte Randomized-Response-Technik in der Variante von "forced response" brachte nicht die erwarteten Ergebnisse. Der Beitrag ist insgesamt ein erster Schritt im Rahmen eines breiteren Forschungsprogramms zur Thematik heikler Fragen in verschiedenen Arten von Befragungen. (A "sensitive topic survey" among students of the University of Mainz (n=578) was conducted to evaluate the merits of three techniques to investigate sensitive behavior: wording/framing techniques, the sealed envelope technique, and the randomized response technique. Concerning wording/framing, the results show that these techniques, which can be found in all textbooks of social research methods, often do not meet their expectations. The sealed envelope technique proved to be useful in asking questions about sexual behavior. Not at all successful was the randomized response technique in the form of "forced response", developed and tested in the student survey. The article is a first contribution to a broader research programme about sensitive topics in different survey modes.)

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  • Peter Preisendörfer, 2008. "Heikle Fragen in mündlichen Interviews: Ergebnisse einer Methodenstudie im studentischen Milieu (Sensitive Questions in Face-to-Face Interviews: Findings of a Methodological Study with University Stud," ETH Zurich Sociology Working Papers 6, ETH Zurich, Chair of Sociology.
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    sensitive questions; face-to-face survey; wording/framing techniques; sealed envelope technique; randomized response technique; methodological study;
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    • C42 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Survey Methods
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access

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