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Subject: Re: "intrusiveness" in network surveys
From: "Johnson, Jeffrey C" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Johnson, Jeffrey C
Date:Mon, 26 Apr 2004 13:09:50 -0400
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In terms of network measures and what you can expect people feel is not
intrusive see:

L. Eudey, J.C. Johnson, and E. Schade. "Rankings Versus Ratings in Social
Networks: Theory and Praxis," Journal of Quantitative Anthropology
4(4):297-312, 1994.

-----Original Message-----
From: Fabio Rojas [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 10:38 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: "intrusiveness" in network surveys


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Dear Social Network Crowd:

I'm fielding a survey right now that has a name generator battery of
questions.
I'm getting the feeling from interacting with respondents that many feel
that
many feel the name generator is "intrusive" - even though the survey is
confidential and only asks about professional contacts (e.g., "who would you
consult in a career decision?"). However, I do have one negopy question -
"who
do you have conflictual contacts with?"

Is there a literature that investigates how well people respond to name
generators? Do people respond badly to name generators in general? Or is it
the
one question about negative conflicts?

I'm wondering if there is anything beyond the typical survey research
focusing
on length and presentation of survey.

Fabio Rojas

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