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Gender differences in family communication about organ donation
Unformatted Document Text:  15 stories, or family stories for or about donation (four separate categories), mention of making the decision while getting a driver’s license or not wanting to discuss death (two categories), or discussion of discrepancies between wishes of self and other or support/lack of support (one category). Other categories included such responses as not remembering the conversation, a combination of stories and altruistic/moral reasons, no response, ambiguous response, or “other”. The coding scheme for question 14, which asked respondents to indicate the response of the family member to the conversation, identified such answers as agreement or lack thereof with donation or not donating (four categories), respecting wishes either way, lack of agreement with either donating or not donating but a respect for wishes (two categories), no consensus, still deciding, never discussed, ambiguous, or “other”. After attempts to code some initial data, the coding scheme was then revised (as described above; revisions included the addition of some new response options) and the raters were trained in the use of the coding scheme. After an initial training session, each rater was given same sample data to code on his or her own. Reliability was calculated using Holsti’s (1969) inter-coder agreement formula. If the inter-coder reliability did not exceed 80% the rater was re-instructed in the use of the coding scheme with a focus on disagreements between the rater and the primary coder (first author). Once the rater agreed with the primary coder at least 80% of the time the rater was then given a set of questionnaires to code on his or her own. Approximately 20% of the coders were male; the remainder was female Results Descriptive Information

Authors: Thompson, Teresa., Robinson, James. and Kenny, Wade.
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stories, or family stories for or about donation (four separate categories), mention of
making the decision while getting a driver’s license or not wanting to discuss death (two
categories), or discussion of discrepancies between wishes of self and other or
support/lack of support (one category). Other categories included such responses as not
remembering the conversation, a combination of stories and altruistic/moral reasons, no
response, ambiguous response, or “other”. The coding scheme for question 14, which
asked respondents to indicate the response of the family member to the conversation,
identified such answers as agreement or lack thereof with donation or not donating (four
categories), respecting wishes either way, lack of agreement with either donating or not
donating but a respect for wishes (two categories), no consensus, still deciding, never
discussed, ambiguous, or “other”.
After attempts to code some initial data, the coding scheme was then revised (as
described above; revisions included the addition of some new response options) and the
raters were trained in the use of the coding scheme. After an initial training session, each
rater was given same sample data to code on his or her own. Reliability was calculated
using Holsti’s (1969) inter-coder agreement formula. If the inter-coder reliability did not
exceed 80% the rater was re-instructed in the use of the coding scheme with a focus on
disagreements between the rater and the primary coder (first author). Once the rater
agreed with the primary coder at least 80% of the time the rater was then given a set of
questionnaires to code on his or her own. Approximately 20% of the coders were male;
the remainder was female
Results
Descriptive Information


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