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With Enough Cases, Why Do You Need Statistics? Revisiting Kinsey's Methodology

Julia A. Ericksen
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 35, No. 2 (May, 1998), pp. 132-140
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3813665
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With Enough Cases, Why Do You Need Statistics? Revisiting Kinsey's Methodology
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Abstract

The 50th anniversary of Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male provides an opportunity for a reexamination of Kinsey's methodology. I start with a discussion of Kinsey's approach to science and move on to his research question, his sampling method, and the composition of the sample. Next, I address questionnaire design, interviewer training, and interviewing, allowing for a comparison of Kinsey's methodology with more conventional approaches. I confine the discussion of data reduction and analysis to issues of gender and sexual identity, as these provide good illustrations of Kinsey's approach. Finally, I address Kinsey's long-term influence.

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