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Official statistics are figures on a subject that are put out by an official
body, such as the government of a registered charity. They are a form of
quantitative research and as such are used by Interactionists as they can
be measured.
Official statistics are mainly used as…

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crime figures measure reported crime not the actual number of
crimes committed.

Reliability. Those who collect them, whose definition of a certain
category could be different from someone else's, put the statistics
in their categories, e.g. S. Taylor researching child abuse (see
examples for an explanation).

The way they're collected.…


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