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International Methodology Symposium

Researching Sexual Behavior: Methodological Issues, an international methodology symposium initiated and organized by The Kinsey Institute and funded by the Ford Foundation, was held on the Indiana University Bloomington campus April 26-28, 1996. Participants represented a wide range of research experience and methodological expertise. Included were representatives of national sexual behavior surveys conducted in the United States, France, Great Britain, and Switzerland. The primary purpose of the meeting was to share current research experiences representing the "cutting edge" of the field and to promote interdisciplinary discussion. Key issues related to both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies were explored.

An important objective of the meeting was to produce a publication to enable others working in the field to benefit from the conference. See Researching Sexual Behavior: Methodological Issues, published by Indiana University Press, October 1997.

Scroll down to view the program and list of participants.


Session One - Overviews
Presenters: Diane diMauro and Richard Parker
Discussion on linking research to policy chaired by John Bancroft.

Session Two - Methodology for the Individual
Presenters: Charles Turner, Alain Giami, Leighton Ku

Session Three - Methodology in Specific Contexts
Presenters: Joe Catania (comparison of African Americans with the general population); Fabio Sabogal (Hispanic Americans); Alex Carballo-Diéguez (Latino gay men); and Lynda Doll (bisexuals and lesbians)
General discussion chaired by John Bancroft.

Session Four - Change in Behavior
Presenters: Alfred Spira and Françoise Dubois-Arber

Session Five - Retrospective vs. Daily Assessment
Presenters: Cynthia Graham and Dennis Fortenberry

Session Six - Participation Bias
Presenters: Theo Sandfort and Anne Johnson

Session Seven - Sexual Networks
Presenters: Stuart Michaels and Richard Udry
General discussion chaired by Edward Laumann.

Session Eight - Sexual Interactions
Presenter: Ulrich Clement

Session Nine - Consensus
Summaries by: John Kennedy (survey methods); Anke Ehrhardt (gender); and Barbara Marín (cultural factors)
General discussion chaired by John Bancroft.


John Bancroft, The Kinsey Institute, Morrison 313, Bloomington, IN 47405. Email:

Alex Carballo-Diéguez, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, 722 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032. Email:

Joe Catania, Prevention Sciences Groups, University of California, San Francisco, 74 New Montgomery St., Ste. 502, San Francisco, CA 94105. Email:

Ulrich Clement, Institute of Systemic Research, Kussmaulstrasse 10, Heidelberg, D-69120, Germany. Email:

Diane diMauro, Project Director, Sexuality Assessment Research Project, Social Science Research Council, 810 7th Ave., New York, NY 10019. Email:

Lynda Doll, Chief, Behavioral Intervention Research Branch, Centers for Disease Control, 1600 Clifton Rd., MS E37, Atlanta, GA 30333. Email:

Françoise Dubois-Arber, Unité d'évaluation de programmes de prévention, Institute universitaire de médicine sociale et préventive, Rue du Bugnon 17, CH-1005, Lausanne, Switzerland. Email:

Anke Ehrhardt, Director, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, 722 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032. Email:

J. Dennis Fortenberry, Associate Director, Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Riley Hospital for Children 1740N, 702 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Email:

Alain Giami, INSERM U 292, Hôpital de Bicêtre, 78 rue du Général Leclerc, 94275 Le Krémlin-Bicêtre, France. Email:

Cynthia Graham, Department of Psychology, Pyschology 158, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Email:

Michel Hubert, Project Leader, Centre d'études sociologiques, Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, 43, boulevard du Jardin botanique, Brussels, Belgium. Email:

Carol Jenkins, Head, Social and Behavioural Sciences Programme, ICDDR, B, GPA Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. Email:

Anne M. Johnson, Dept. of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Div. of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, UC London Medical School, The Mortimer Market Centre, Mortimer Market off Capper Street, London, WC1 E 6AU, England. Email:

John Kennedy, Director, Center for Survey Research, Indiana University, 1022 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405. Email:

Leighton Ku, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Email:

Edward O. Laumann, Distinguished Service Professor, Dept. of Sociology, The University of Chicago, 5848 S. University Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. Email:

Barbara Vanoss Marín, Associate Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco, 74 New Montgomery St., Ste. 600, San Francisco, CA 94105. Email:

Stuart Michaels, National Opinion Research Center, 1155 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637. Email:

Ted Myers, Director and Associate Professor, HIV Social, Behavioural and Epidemiological Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, McMurrich Building, 3rd Fl., 12 Queen's Park Crescent W., Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8, Canada. Email:

Susan Newcomer, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Center for Population Research, NICHD, Executive Bldg., Rm. 8B13, 6100 Executive Blvd., MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892-7510. Email:

Richard Parker, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, 722 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032

Fabio Sabogal, Mammography Campaign Director, California Medical Review, Inc., 60 Spear St., Ste. 400, San Francisco, CA 94105. Email:

Stephanie A. Sanders, Associate Director, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN 47405. Email:

Theo Sandfort, Gay and Lesbian Studies Dept., State University Utrecht, PO Box 80140, 3508TC Utrecht, The Netherlands. Email:

Freya Sonenstein, Director, Population Study Center, Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW, Washington, CD 20037. Email:

Alfred Spira, Unité de Recherches, U.292, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Secteur Bleu "Pierre-Marie" - Porte 26; 82, rue du Général Leclerc, 94276 Le Krémlin-Bicêtre, France. Email:

Ann Stueve, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, Columbia University, 600 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032. Email:

Leonore Tiefer, 163 3rd Ave., #183, New York, NY 10003. Email:

Charles Turner, Director, Program in Health and Behavior Measurement, Research Triangle Institute, 1615 M St. NW, Ste. 740, Washington, DC 20036. Email:

J. Richard Udry, Kenan Professor, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #8120, University Square, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3997. Email:

Martin Weinberg, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Indiana University, Ballantine Hall 744, Bloomington, IN 47405.Email:

Colin Williams, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, IUPUI, CA 303J, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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