I recall being in JH or HS and beign given a survey that covered our experience with drugs and sexual behaviors. Everyone I knew, including myself, felt it was bullshit and made up most of the answers. So much for scientific validity on that study.
Any study based of a survey of teenagers is real shaky unless you can show you figured out a way to make sure they’re being honest.[/quote]
When I was in junior high, we got to fill out a study like that.
All of us falsely reported that we were addicted to heroin and crack, and that we had had “sexual relations” with 15+ people (not specifically girls, just people), that we shared our needles and never used condoms, etc… I was 13 at the time.
Anyway, a few weeks later, we made the local news for being a school full of delinquents with a drug and sex problem. Official looking scientists furrowed their brows and used words like “disturbing”, “disquieting”, and “upsetting” when discussing our school on TV. They had decided that our school was a microcosm of society, and that we were the results of a permissive society gone too far, and that we as a culture needed to examine our own values to keep the number of kids like us from spreading.
The local paper got lots of letters about us, and parents were storming the school board meetings demanding that the school institute expensive drug testing, mentoring, and sex ed classes. They wanted to bring in professional counselors.
Finally, our principal stood up in the school board meeting and basically told our parents that ‘the people who issued the survey were dumb enough to give 13 y.o. children an anonymous survey about drugs and sex, and then the children acted like 13 y.o. children and lied about it. Anybody who believed this survey data was an idiot.’
Of course he was right, and the parents finally realized he was right, but we students thought we had pulled off the greatest prank ever when we caused this huge shit storm just by making stuff up on a survey.