A paper on modeeffects in semi-structured interviews with children has been published in 'Sociological Methodology' 43(1). In this paper telephone and face-to-face interviews are compared in order to analyse the general applicability of telephone interviews and their peculiarities when researching children. The results showed very little difference between the two modes of interview and therefore challenge the reluctance to conduct semi-structured telephone interviews, both in qualitative research and with children.


I have been awarded the "Preis der Eichstätter Universitätsgesellschaft für hervorragende Abschlussarbeiten" [Price of the Universitarian Society Eichstaett for excellent dissertation] for my doctoral thesi on semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews with children aged 5, 7, 9 and 11.

'children skillQuality & Quantity' has published a paper on 'don't know' responses of children in semi-structured interviews. Based on theoretical considerations of causes for 'don't know' responses in interviews 112 interviews with children at the age of 5 to 11 were analysed taking account of the context. Using innovative categories interessting age effects could be found. The results do not only allow for insights into 'dont't know responses and communication in qualitative interviews but also (within some limits) in more standardised interviews.

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tatort-familie22012 Springer VS published an extended new edition of the book "Tatort Familie: Häusliche Gewalt im gesellschaftlichen Kontext" by Lamnek, S./Luedtke, J./Ottermann, R./Vogl, S.

Theme of the book is physical, psychological and sexual forms of domestic violence against children, parents, women and men. We focus on the history of identifying domestic violence as a social problem and various reactions. Cultural and historical context has been taken into account when analysing and attempting to explain domestic violence. The discussion is supported by results from own studies.

Alter MethodeMy doctoral thesis and its defense are concluded with distinction ('summa cum laude') at the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt.

The topic of the dissertation is: "Alter & Methode - ein Vergleich persönlicher und telefonischer Leitfadeninterviews mit Kindern". [Age & Method - a comparison of qualitative interviews face-to-face and on the telephone with children'] The book with the same title is published by VS Verlag Wiesbaden.

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