(i) The criminal group may indeed have similar tastes to controls and still view more video nasties] The use of observational methodologies is essential as a check on the claims made in interviews.
(ii) In an area as sensitive as video viewing habits the possibility of 'social desirability' bias affecting verbal reporting for both groups is a real one. Both samples may have a desire to appear 'normal' and so conceal what they believe to be socially unacceptable viewing preferences. We need to know how those engaged in such research dealt with these methodological matters before accepting their claims as worthy of further reflection, and appropriate action.
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