ERIC Number: ED053254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
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A Study of Interviewer-Respondent Interaction in the Urban Employment Survey. Final Report.
Marquis, Kent H.; Cannell, Charles F.
The purpose of this study was to provide basic knowledge about the kinds and amounts of behavior in a personal survey interview and to investigate the effects of certain respondent demographic characteristics on the verbal behavior of the interviewer and respondent during the interview. Four sample groups of employed males (Negroes and Caucasians in the 18-24-year-old and 35-64-year-old age groups) were interviewed by female Caucasian middle class interviewers. The interview format was a revised version of the Urban Employment Survey. The interviews were tape recorded, and about 500 verbal acts were coded for each of the 181 interviews. Verbal behavior was affected more by age than race although there were some definite differences in the latter. Older respondents exhibited a higher behavior activity level than younger respondents, and interviews with Negroes resulted in more probing questions than interviews with Caucasians. It was concluded that this interview technique needs some refinement but is a good method for studying the interaction between two people in the interview situation. (BC)
Descriptors: Age, Behavior, Blacks, Interaction Process Analysis, Interviews, Race, Statistical Analysis, Surveys, Tables (Data), Whites
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Manpower Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Survey Research Center.