Speaker: Associate Professor John Shaver
Social scientists rely on self-reports for measuring behaviour despite ongoing criticism concerning informant inaccuracy. But are informant reports inaccurate? And are biases in self-report random? Here I compare self-reports of church attendance to observed attendance across 48 services in a rural Fijian village.
Findings suggest that:
- self-report does not reliably predict observed attendance
- women with several children are more likely to over-report their attendance than women with fewer children
- self-report of religiosity is more reliably associated with observed church attendance than self-report of church attendance
Further, third-party judgments of church attendance by fellow villagers are more reliably associated with observed church attendance than self-report. Findings suggest that informants inaccurately report their religious behaviour, but that biases are culturally influenced. Researchers interested in estimating behavioural variation should consider third-party methods to avoid biases inherent to self-report.
|Date||Friday, 5 March 2021|
|Time||3:00pm - 4:00pm|
|Location||Room R1S3 (Te Tumu, Te Wānanga), Richardson Building South, Dunedin|
|Contact Name||Deane Galbraith|
|Contact Phone||+64 212 366 294|