Brownstein, Henry H.
August 1983
Humanity & Society;Aug83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p301
Academic Journal
The article argues that validity can be measured for interpretations of sociological data collected by qualitative methods of social research. In particular, it is demonstrated through one of the qualitative methods, intensive interviewing, that validity may be measured through means which consider the subjective adequacy of the social scientific interpretation of the data collected. Recognizing that the validity of a sociological measurement is relative to the context of a particular sociological analysis. Validity is defined as the extent to which an instrument and rules for its use in fact measure what they propose to measure. The first step toward measuring and establishing the validity of interpretations of qualitative data is to be able to establish the adequacy of interpretations of the data relative to the standard of its meaning as constructed by participants in the social reality from which the data are drawn. The article suggests that before any truly satisfying test for the measurement of the validity of sociological interpretations of intensive interview data can be achieved, these and other methods need to be further considered by those social scientists who collected data in this way.


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