ERIC Number: ED397106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Examining Consistency of Responses in Self-Reports Using Content Analysis.
Schmidt, Amy Elizabeth; And Others
Content analysis was used to examine the consistency of responses in self-report data obtained by a semi-structured conversational interview. It was hypothesized that a majority of the seemingly inconsistent responses would prove to be consistent when seen from the respondents' points of view. The sample consisted of 215 female homicide offenders incarcerated in New York State correctional facilities or on active parole supervision in New York City. Results indicate that of the 24 respondents initially identified as having inconsistent responses, only one was regarded as inconsistent after the content analysis was performed and a coding scheme was developed to examine the apparent inconsistency from the respondent's point of view. The coding scheme developed also predicted homicide-related variables more effectively than did the original coding scheme developed for this sample. Suggestions for improving the construction of interview questions are also presented. (Contains 3 tables and 22 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inconsistency; New York (New York); Self Report Measures
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996). Additional support provided by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.