Minimizing bias in self-reports of health beliefs and behaviours

May, Carl and Foxcroft, David (1995) Minimizing bias in self-reports of health beliefs and behaviours. Health Education Research, 10, (1), 107-112. (doi:10.1093/her/10.1.107).


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Bias in self-reports is one of the key problems which confronts researchers interested in using qualitative research techniques to understand individuals' cognitive and conceptual models of health behaviours. This is a problem that is especially apparent, for example, in research around addictive behaviours, where the fundamental trustworthiness of respondents' accounts may be in doubt. This research note discusses the problems associated with using conventional qualitative methods in health research and suggests a means of avoiding these.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/her/10.1.107
ISSNs: 0268-1153 (print)
1465-3648 (electronic)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 163361
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 1995Published
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2010 13:44
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:29

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