ERIC Number: ED240130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-11
Reference Count: 0
Parental Child Snatching: The Use of Telephone Survey Techniques to Study a Hidden Family Problem.
Gelles, Richard J.
This paper discusses the problems of conducting research on a low-base rate sensitive family problem, parental child snatching, and proposes that telephone interviewing is a cost efficient and methodologically appropriate solution to these problems. The paper reviews the scant literature on parental child snatching by presenting what are considered the "known facts" about child snatching, and then commenting on the empirical evidence (or lack of evidence) behind these "facts." Next, the paper reviews the advantages and disadvantages of survey research using telephone interviewing techniques. These advantages and disadvantages are reviewed both in terms of the specific topic of child snatching and wider applicability to family research. A preliminary survey of the incidence of child snatching is reviewed, and future research on this topic is discussed. The paper concludes with a general review of the strategy of telephone interviewing. (Author)
Descriptors: Children, Cost Effectiveness, Family Problems, Interviews, Marital Satisfaction, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Surveys
Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 02881 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kidnapping; Parental Child Snatching; Telephone Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983).