A methodological assessment of the use of key informants

Michael J. Houston, Seymour Sudman

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    The key informant technique is assessed in terms of the ability of different types of informants to report on various aspects of the social system in which they perform role functions. Role theory suggests that informants occupying a specialized role within a social structure provide greater information on role-related aspects of the structure than informants occupying positions unrelated to the area being investigated. Empirical evidence in support of this assertion is presented.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)151-164
    Number of pages14
    JournalSocial Science Research
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1975


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