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Cross-national survey designs: Equating the National Violence Against Women Survey and the Swiss International Violence Against Women Survey

Véronique Jaquier Erard, Bonnie S. Fisher & Martin Killias

Résumé Valid and reliable cross-national estimates of rape are needed to more fully understand the extent and nature of these victimizations. Methodological issues that compromise the integrity of cross-national comparisons of self-report survey data have been identified. These issues have neither been systematically addressed nor is there a consensus as to how to correct them. This paper examines the effects that the definition and operationalization of rape have on completed and attempted rape estimates from the National Violence Against Women Survey in the U.S. and the Swiss component of the International Violence Against Women Survey. Survey design issues related to operationalizing the victim-offender relationship and its effect on rape estimates are discussed. Cross-national rape estimates with and without addressing the comparability issues are presented. The implications for engaging in comparative rape research are also discussed.
   
Mots-clés violence against women, methodology / measurement, Cross-national perspective
   
Citation Jaquier Erard Véronique / Fisher Bonnie S. / Killias Martin, Cross-national survey designs: Equating the National Violence Against Women Survey and the Swiss International Violence Against Women Survey, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, vol. 22, no 2, 2006, p. 90-112.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 9-12-2006
Nom du périodique Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Volume 22
Numéro 2
Pages 90-112