Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 667–669 | Cite as

Rejoinder to Treharne, Brickell, and Chinn (2011)

  • J. Elisabeth WellsEmail author
  • Magnus A. McGee
  • Annette L. Beautrais
Letter to the Editor

Treharne, Brickell, and Chinn (2011) raised concerns about three aspects of our article on sexual orientation (Wells, McGee, & Beautrais, 2011), namely the methodology, the aims, and the language used. They have a clear preference for qualitative studies and we agree that such studies can provide in-depth information and explore the complexity and fluidity of sexual orientation. However, that is not the type of study we did, so our work should be judged by the standards of survey research.

Treharne et al. objected, first of all, to our having sampled one person per household, stating that we assume that “this facilitates a representative sample in a national survey. In reality, this approach may lead to under-sampling of minority groups living in shared households that diverge from the traditional.” In the statistical methods section, we stated that all estimates were weighted according to the study design variables. As anyone familiar with survey sampling would understand, when one...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Elisabeth Wells
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magnus A. McGee
    • 1
  • Annette L. Beautrais
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public Health and General PracticeUniversity of Otago, ChristchurchChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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