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Interviews

Types of interviews
Structured Interviews As outlined in the previous unit, structured interviews are simply questionnaires
which are read out by the interviewer who then records the respondent's answers. The same questions
are read out in the same order to all respondents.
Semistructured interviews Each interview usually has the…

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Unstructured interviews are often seen to have the following advantages:

Sensitive groups some groups are less likely than others to provide information for the researchers.
They might be suspicious of outsiders, hostile towards them, afraid of them or simply uncomfortable in
their presence. An unstructured interview can allay these feelings…

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interviewers. As noted in the previous unit, Episcopalians in the USA tend to exaggerate the frequency
of their attendance at church in order to appear upright and respectable.
Respondents tend to be open about and even exaggerate aspects of their behaviour which they see
as socially desirable, and to conceal…

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