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Surveys as cultural artefacts: applying the international self-report delinquency study to latin american adolescents

Rodríguez, JA, Pérez Santiago, N and Birkbeck, CH 2015, 'Surveys as cultural artefacts: applying the international self-report delinquency study to latin american adolescents' , European Journal of Criminology, 141 , pp. 1-17.

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Abstract

Survey instruments are often watermarked with the language, thought patterns, experience and expectations of their designers’ cultural world. This creates some evident challenges when using surveys in international research projects (for example, in finding equivalent terms in translation), but also some less evident ones deriving from potentially hidden local variations in social experience, values and cognition. Using examples from the International Self-Report Delinquency Study, this article identifies several potential challenges to measurement that arise when an instrument designed with the youth of industrialized democracies in mind is presented to adolescents in a Latin American country (Venezuela). Some strategies for addressing these challenges are outlined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: culture, International Self-Report Delinquency Study, Latin America, questionnaires
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Criminology
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1477-3708
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Funders: Fondo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Venezuela
Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 18:21
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34516

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