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ERIC Number: ED187753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Sensitive Questions: The Randomized Response Technique.
Wise, Steven L.
The randomized response technique, constructed by Warner (1965), was designed to reduce the number of untruthful responses to sensitive questionnaire items. The present study investigated the effectiveness of this technique for groups differing in the tendency to give socially desirable responses to questionnaire items. A questionnaire concerning certain unacademic activities, such as cheating on exams, was given to 158 participants in either a self-report or randomized-response format. The proportion of people endorsing the unacademic activities items was higher using randomized response for all five items, with three items showing significant differences between the two methods. It is suggested that randomized response technique can reduce untruthful responding, but that it should only be used with items known to be sensitive in nature. No evidence was found that social desirability was a factor in participant response to the items. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Randomized Response Technique; Social Desirability Scale (Marlowe Crowne)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).