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Researching Sexual Behavior: Methodological Issues
Edited by John Bancroft
Indiana University Press, 1997
528 pp., cloth, $49.95

Indiana University Press (To Order) | Table of Contents | International Methodology Symposium

The last ten years have seen an unprecedented surge of survey research into sexual behavior, driven predominantly by concern over HIV infection and AIDS. In 1989, Charles Turner and his research colleagues pointed out that, "in the face of the epidemic, conducting and reporting studies has assumed a higher priority than the refinement of methodology" (AIDS, Sexual Behavior, and Intravenous Drug Use, National Academy Press). The following year, Joe Catania and his colleagues published a comprehensive review of the relevant methodological issues ("Methodological Problems in AIDS Behavioral Research," Psychological Bulletin, 108(3), 339-362). They cited a substantial body of literature, but nevertheless concluded that crucial issues remained to be resolved if research was to be effective.

In 1996, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction hosted a small international meeting to address methodological issues related to sexual behavior surveys. The participants included representatives from most of the recent large-scale surveys in the United States and Europe, and others with a wide range of research experience and methodological expertise. A principal objective of the meeting was to promote discussion among these participants. Edited versions of the discussions are included in the book.


Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
John Bancroft

CHAPTER 1 - LINKING RESEARCH TO POLICY

Sexuality Research in the United States
Diane de Mauro
International Perspectives on Sexuality Research
Richard G. Parker
Discussion

CHAPTER 2 - METHODOLOGY FOR THE INDIVIDUAL

Survey Measurement of Sexual Behavior Problems and Progress
Charles F. Turner, Heather G. Miller, and Susan M. Rogers:
Surveying Sexuality and AIDS: Interviewer Attitudes and Representations
Alain Giami, with Hélène Olomucki and Janine de Poplavsky
Discussion

CHAPTER 3 - METHODOLOGY IN SPECIFIC CONTEXTS

Measuring Sexual Behavior Among Teenage Males in the U.S.
Freya L. Sonnenstein, Leighton Ku and Joseph H. Pleck
Item Nonresponse in the National AIDS Behavioral Surveys among African American and White Respondents
John Peterson and Joseph A. Catania
The Effects of Question Wording, Interviewer Gender, and Control on Item Response by African American Respondents
Joseph A. Catania, Diane Binson, John Peterson, and Jesse Canchola
Researching Sexual Behavior - Methodological Issues for Hispanics
Fabio Sabogal, Diane Binson, Joseph A. Catania
Sexual Research with Latino Men who have Sex with Men - Methodological Issues
Alex Carballo-Diéguez
Sexual Behavior Research - Studying Bisexual Men and Women and Lesbians
Lynda S. Doll
Discussion

CHAPTER 4 - STUDYING CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR

Pooling Information from Repeated Population Surveys - Its Use in the Evaluation of the Efficacy of AIDS Prevention Campaigns
Alfred Spira
Some Methodological Problems in Trend Analysis of Sexual Behaviour
Françoise Dubois-Arber, B. Spencer, and A. Jeannin
Discussion

CHAPTER 5 - MEASURING SEXUAL BEHAVIOR: RETROSPECTIVE VS. DAILY ASSESSMENT

A Comparison of Retrospective Interview Assessment vs. Daily Ratings of Sexual Interest and Activity in Women
Cynthia Graham and John Bancroft
Concordance between Self-report Questionnaires and Coital Diaries for Sexual Behaviors of Adolescent Women with Sexually-Transmitted Infections
J. Dennis Fortenberry, Heather Cecil, Gregory D. Zimet, and Donald P. Orr
Discussion

CHAPTER 6 - PARTICIPATION BIAS

Sampling Male Homosexuality
Theo Sandfort
Assessing Participation Bias
Anne M. Johnson and Andrew Copas
Discussion

CHAPTER 7 - RESEARCHING SEXUAL NETWORKS

Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Study of Sexuality
Stuart Michaels
A Research Design for Studying Romantic Partners
Richard Udry
Discussion

CHAPTER 8 - RESEARCHING SEXUAL INTERACTIONS

Coding Interactional Sexual Scripts
Ulrich Clement
Discussion

CHAPTER 9 - CONCLUSIONS

Sex Surveys in the Context of Survey Research
John Kennedy
Gender
Anke A. Ehrhardt
Cross-Cultural Issues
Barbara Vanoss Marín

CHAPTER 10 - POST-CONFERENCE PAPERS

Qualitative Methods in Sex Research in Papua New Guinea
Carol Jenkins
Item Nonresponse to Questions about Sex, Substance Use and School: Results from the Reach for Health Study of African-American and Hispanic Young Adolescents
Ann Stueve and Lydia N. O'Donnell
Measuring Social Networks Using Samples: Is Network Analysis Relevant to Survey Research?
Edward O. Laumann and L. Philip Schumm
A Model for Investigating Respondent-Interviewer Relationships in Sexual Surveys
Joseph A. Catania
Notes on Contributors

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