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Let's talk about sex, maybe: Interviewers, respondents, and sexual behavior reporting in rural South Africa

Houle, Brian; Angotti, Nicole; Clark, Samuel J.; Williams, Jill; Gómez-Olivé, Xavier; Menken, Jane; Kabudula, Chodziwadziwa; Klipstein-Grobusch, Kerstin; Tollman, Stephen M.


Researchers are often skeptical of sexual behavior surveys: Respondents may lie or forget details of their intimate lives, and interviewers may exercise authority in how they capture responses. We use data from a 2010–2011 cross-sectional sexual behavior survey in rural South Africa to explore who says what to whom about their sexual lives. Results show an effect of fieldworker age across outcomes: Respondents report “safer,” more “responsible” sexual behavior to older fieldworkers, and an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Field Methods
DOI: 10.1177/1525822X15595343


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