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The Effectiveness of the Item Count Technique in Eliciting Valid Answers to Sensitive Question : An Evaluation in the Context of Self-Reported Delinquency

The Effectiveness of the Item Count Technique in Eliciting Valid Answers to Sensitive Question : An Evaluation in the Context of Self-Reported Delinquency

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WOLTER, Felix, Bastian LAIER, 2014. The Effectiveness of the Item Count Technique in Eliciting Valid Answers to Sensitive Question : An Evaluation in the Context of Self-Reported Delinquency. In: Survey Research Methods. 8(3), pp. 153-168. eISSN 1864-3361. Available under: doi: 10.18148/srm/2014.v8i3.5819

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