Sociology - Structured Interviews + Crime and Deviance

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  • Structured Interviews {Crime & Deviance}
    • Response Rate
      • They take less time compared to unstructured interviews, and therefore they are less disruptive to the   CJS
        • This means that the research is more likely to get official support
          • The hierarchical nature of CJS agencies means that the researcher could get favoured and then the response rate will increase
    • Reliablity
      • Structured interviews are easy to replicate
        • Therefore large scale patterns in behaviour can be identified { Gender and Offending}
    • Validity
      • Due to offenders having low literacy skills, researcher may be more successful than they would be  with written questionnaires
        • However the formal nature of interviews could remind the offender of interviews with the police, this meaning that the young offenders have less forthcoming.
    • Question design
      • More difficult to create questions for use with young offenders due to their lack of literacy and linguistic skills not being fully developed.
      • This could then lead to them not fully understanding. This meaning that they may need more help and clarification, something which they are unlikely to receive in this method
    • Sensitivity
      • These issues are more sensitive than most social issues, and the format of structured interviews may not be the best option.
      • All those who have been involved have had some degree of trauma that needs to be dealt with in a more sensitive manner than structured interviews allow.
    • Power and Status differences
      • Prisoners may seek approval of those in authority by providing untrue but socially unacceptable answers.
        • Researchers may be seen as authority figures, and this would reduce the validity of the interview data.


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