ASI Participants Questionnaire
Shortly before the ASI, Steve Lindsay and Jonathan Schooler threw together a questionnaire, with the aim of collecting descriptive data on participants’ opinions on issues related to adults’ recollections of childhood abuse. The questionnaires were distributed at the beginning of the ASI, and respondents were asked to complete and return them within the first few days of the meeting. The phrase “threw together” is used advisedly here—the questionnaire was written very quickly and consequently suffered from numerous ambiguities and belied the cognitive-psychology backgrounds of its authors. One consequence of this was that many participants chose not to return the questionnaire (total returns = 49 out of 95, for a 52% return rate) and varying numbers of respondents left particular questions unanswered. The shortcomings of the questionnaire also sparked considerable discussion both during and after the ASI, which was of value in its own right.