Learning from name generator/interpreters in mass surveys: findings from Turkey
Çarkoğlu, Ali and Cenker, Cerem Işıl (2011) Learning from name generator/interpreters in mass surveys: findings from Turkey. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 10 . pp. 160-171. ISSN 1877-0428
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.01.019
Using three surveys from Turkey conducted in 2008 and 2009, two important methodological questions are raised concerning the application of Name Generator/Interpreter items in mass surveys. The first of these questions concerns whether different data collection methods (face-to-face as opposed to telephone interviews) make a difference to the network size variable, from which a host of other network variables are also generated. The second is about those respondents who do not name any discussants in their networks. Determinants of reported network size and non-discussant reports show a clear gender difference as well as patterns suggestive of the relevance of data collection techniques as a possible source for observed variations in basic network information. It is likely that the important matters name generator question does not adequately account for the respondents with no discussants; hence, follow-up questions are useful to both designate and further inquire the properties of this group. We link the gender differences observed to possible fieldwork difficulties in a conservative society like Turkey.
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