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The Psychology of Survey Response

The Psychology of Survey Response

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  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521576291

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  • Drawing on classic and modern research from cognitive psychology, social psychology, and survey methodology, this book examines the psychological roots of survey data, how survey responses are formulated, and how seemingly unimportant features of the survey can affect the answers obtained. Topics include the comprehension of survey questions, the recall of relevant facts and beliefs, estimation and inferential processes people use to answer survey questions, the sources of the apparent instability of public opinion, the difficulties in getting responses into the required format, and distortions introduced into surveys by deliberate misreporting.

    • Provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the psychology of answering survey questions
    • Organizes a vast amount of information about response errors in surveys
    • Offers practical guidance to those who conduct surveys
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    "A superb job...Offers an excellent and unique account of cognitive and communicative influences in survey situations. The insights it provides make it an indispensable source for both researchers and practitioners." Contemporary Psychology

    "For survey researchers, it provides a very scholarly and readable review of psychological theorizing and its implication for survey responding; for psychologists it offers a range of important phenomena that broaden the scope of psychological inquiry. . . . Readers are guaranteed to gain highly useful new insights from the author's masterful integration of research." International Journal of Public Opinion Research

    "The Psychology of Survey Response provides a masterful review and integration of what we know about survey responding. Written by some of the leading researchers at the interface of psychology and survey methods, this book will be of great interest to survey researchers and psychologists alike." Norbert Schwarz, University of Michigan

    "This is the best and most comprehensive book in the growing literature on the psychology of survey responding. It includes useful summaries of the behavioral science, often providing better exposition than the primary sources, and it draws clear, useful implications for practice. It is a landmark example of the application of scientific theory and laboratory findings to real life problems." Reid Hastie, University of Colorado at Boulder

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521576291
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 40 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Respondents' understanding of survey questions
    3. The role of memory in survey responding
    4. Answering questions about date and durations
    5. Attitude questions
    6. Factual judgments and numerical estimates
    7. Attitude judgments and context effects
    8. Mapping and formatting
    9. Survey reporting of sensitive topics
    10. Mode of data collection
    11. Impact of the application of cognitive models to survey measurement.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Honors Experiential Learning: Survey Research Methods
    • Survey Methods
  • Authors

    Roger Tourangeau, The Gallup Organization

    Lance J. Rips, Northwestern University, Illinois

    Kenneth Rasinski, University of Chicago

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