Methodological Considerations in the Use of Name Generators and Interpreters

David Eagle, Duke University - Sociology Department
With from the Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Survey, we investigate several methodological issues surrounding the use of name generators/interpreters to uncover a respondent’s core discussion network. First, we offer evidence that telephone surveys are less prone than face-to-face surveys to systematic variation by interviewer. Second, we discover that the inclusion of a large number of discrete boxes on a web form inflates the size of network generated. Third, we find that small changes to question presentation reduces the size of the network. Finally, we uncover evidence of significant levels of panel conditioning when name generators are implemented longitudinally. These findings have important implications for the design of surveys that utilize name generators/interpreters.
January, 21 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 | 230E Gross Hall

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