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Let's Talk about Sex, Maybe: Interviewers, Respondents, and Sexual Behavior Reporting in Rural South Africa
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2016 (English)In: Field Methods, ISSN 1525-822X, E-ISSN 1552-3969, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 112-132Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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 effect of fieldworker sex; men report more sexual partners to female fieldworkers. Understanding fieldworker effects on the production of sexual behavior survey data serves methodological and analytical goals.

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2016. Vol. 28, no 2, p. 112-132
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interviewer effects, sexual behavior, social desirability, surveys, Africa
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120088DOI: 10.1177/1525822X15595343ISI: 000374040500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120088DiVA: diva2:935846
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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