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Randomized Response and Related Methods: Surveying Sensitive Data 2ed

by James Alan Fox SAGE Publications, Inc
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Randomized response is an approach to survey data collection specifically designed for sensitive inquiries (such as on criminal behaviour). The logic underlying this approach is that the element of chance sufficiently clouds a response so as to protect the respondent when disclosing personal or sensitive data. Randomized Response, first published in 1986, was the first comprehensive introduction and practical guide to randomised response for researchers wishing to use this technique. It is unique in providing social scientists with discussion of statistical analysis techniques for data collected through randomised response. The Second Edition includes expanded discussions on issues, methods and considerations for analysing randomised response data and up-to-date coverage of the application of randomised response in the fields of political science, public health, and business ethics. James Alan Fox reworked his introduction to set the foundation for why randomised response and related methods are needed. He also includes formulas to reinforce elements of randomised response, available software (routines in SAS, Stata, and Mplus), psychological elements of respondents when presented with this method, and application of randomised response in Web surveys. A new chapter discussing methods for analysing randomized response data in terms of bivariate and multivariate relationship was added, and all references have been updated, and new scholarly works are cited throughout.

1. Surveying Sensitive Topics
Asking Sensitive Questions
Types of Errors in Surveys
Ethical Issues in Surveys
Legal Means of Privacy Protections
Privacy Protection Through Anonymity
Confidentiality and Privacy Protection
Need for an Alternative Strategy
2. The Randomized Response Technique
Warner's Randomized Response Design
Unrelated Question Approach
Forced Alternative Response
Repeat Randomization
3. Design Considerations in Randomized Response
Alternative Question Content
Randomizing Devise and Question Selection Probability
Distribution of Alternative Questions
Reconciling Respondent Hazards and Efficiency
4. Alternatives to Randomized Response
Non-Randomized Response
Use of Lists and Counts
5. Extensions of Randomized Response
Generalization to Polychotomous Measures
Untruthful Respondents as a Special Group
Extension to Quantitative Measures
6. Analyzing Randomized Response Data
Measures of Association
Randomized Response as Disclosure Control
An Alternative Formulation
Randomized Response Software
7. Applications of Randomized Response Methods
Substantive Applications
Comparison Studies
Validation Research
8. Epilogue

Randomized Reponse and Related Methods is a comprehensive how-to guide for any researcher interested in designing, implementing, and analyzing data from an RRT. Allyson Holbrook
James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, has written 18 books, including Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College. He has published dozens of journal and magazine articles, as well as hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and writes the aCrime and Punishmenta blog for The Boston Globe. In addition to giving keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court, Fox has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases. He was awarded the 2007 Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty and the 2008 Klein Lectureship by Northeastern University.