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Events, Instruments, and Reporting Errors
Jennifer Dykema and Nora Cate Schaeffer
American Sociological Review
Vol. 65, No. 4 (Aug., 2000), pp. 619-629
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2657386
Page Count: 11
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Social scientists frequently lack methods for assessing the accuracy of survey responses about events and behaviors. And often they do not have a general framework for understanding or systematically analyzing the characteristics of experience, if any, that influence errors in reports about those events. In this validation study, structural features or characteristics of exchanging child support payments are examined to predict errors in reports about those events. The analysis compares court records about child support payments with answers from two telephone surveys that use parallel samples of divorced parents. Results show that indicators for the complexity, clarity, and affective intensity of the events predict reporting errors.
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