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Gummer, Tobias; Roßmann, Joss – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Propensity score weighting often is used to correct for attrition biases in panel surveys. While methodological literature exists on the logic of propensity score weighting and its practical applications, an in-depth discussion is lacking on the effects of using this weighting to correct for attrition biases in attitudinal, behavioral, and…
Descriptors: Attrition (Research Studies), Bias, Probability, Attitudes
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Höhne, Jan Karem – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In social research, the use of agree/disagree (A/D) questions is a popular method for measuring attitudes. Research has shown that A/D questions require complex cognitive processing and are susceptible to response bias. Thus, some researchers recommend the use of item-specific (IS) questions. This study examines the processing of A/D and IS…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Online Surveys
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Silber, Henning; Danner, Daniel; Rammstedt, Beatrice – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This study aims to assess whether respondent inattentiveness causes systematic and unsystematic measurement error that influences survey data quality. To determine the impact of (in)attentiveness on the reliability and validity of target measures, we compared respondents from a German online survey (N = 5205) who had passed two attention checks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Attention
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Höhne, Jan Karem; Schlosser, Stephan – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Participation in web surveys via smartphones increased continuously in recent years. The reasons for this increase are a growing proportion of smartphone owners and an increase in mobile Internet access. However, research has shown that smartphone respondents are frequently distracted and/or multitasking, which might affect completion and response…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Handheld Devices, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Response Style (Tests)
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Aruguete, Mara S.; Huynh, Ho; Browne, Blaine L.; Jurs, Bethany; Flint, Emilia; McCutcheon, Lynn E. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This study compared the quality of survey data collected from Mechanical Turk (MTurk) workers and college students. Three groups of participants completed the same survey. "MTurk" respondents completed the survey as paid workers using the Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform. "Student Online" respondents also completed the…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Research Methodology, Sampling, College Students
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Contandriopoulos, Damien; Sapeha, Halina; Larouche, Catherine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This research note discusses opportunities and challenges of using online survey engines for social network analysis (SNA) data collection and assessing sample size and representativeness. The discussion is based on a case study of SNA data collection for a pilot research on health-relevant policy networks in Canada. Our approach demonstrates how…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Data Collection, Research Problems
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Faran, Yifat; Zanbar, Lea – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
The present study is the first to examine empirically whether required fields in online surveys impair reliability and response pattern, as participants forced to respond to all items may provide arbitrary answers. Two hundred and thirteen participants completed a survey consisting of six questionnaires testing personal and social issues and…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Test Reliability, Response Style (Tests), Questionnaires
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Blumenberg, Cauane; Menezes, Ana M. B.; Gonçalves, Helen; Assunção, Maria Cecília Formoso; Wehrmeister, Fernando C.; Barros, Fernando C.; Barros, Aluisio J. D. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Introduction: Web-based epidemiologic surveys are being widely used, but still present lower response rates compared to traditional methods. Their design can influence survey response rates. Objective: Analyse the influence of questionnaire length, frequency of reminders, and the interaction between them, on the response rates of five web-based…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Test Length, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Online Surveys
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Montagni, Ilaria; Cariou, Tanguy; Tzourio, Christophe; González-Caballero, Juan-Luis – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Online surveys are increasingly used to investigate health conditions, especially among young people. However, this methodology presents some limitations including item nonresponse concerning sensitive and knowledge-related questions. This study aimed to suggest latent class analysis as the methodology to statistically deal with item nonresponse…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Response Style (Tests), Multivariate Analysis, Health
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Revilla, Melanie; Couper, Mick P. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
We studied the impact of different layouts for rank order questions on respondent effort, data quality, and substantive results among PC and smartphone respondents, in an experiment in an opt-in online panel in Spain, using an order-by-click design. We experimentally varied the device, the number of columns, and, for smartphone respondents, the…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Foreign Countries, Trust (Psychology)
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Dodge, Nadine; Chapman, Ralph – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Electronically assisted survey techniques offer several advantages over traditional survey techniques. However, they can also potentially introduce biases, such as coverage biases and measurement error. The current study compares the relative merits of two survey distribution and completion modes: email recruitment with internet completion; and…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Handheld Devices, Bias, Electronic Mail
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Silber, Henning; Roßmann, Joss; Gummer, Tobias – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In this article, we present the results of three question design experiments on inter-item correlations, which tested a grid design against a single-item design. The first and second experiments examined the inter-item correlations of a set with five and seven items, respectively, and the third experiment examined the impact of the question design…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Surveys, Experiments, Correlation
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Fabo, Brian; Kahanec, Martin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
In this paper, we compare the estimates of earnings determinants based on the non-probabilistic WageIndicator web survey with those based on the widely used, representative EU Study of Income and Living Conditions survey. Using 10 years of Dutch data, we show that there exists an established segment of predominantly junior workers from which the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Surveys, Wages, Income
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Van Mol, Christof – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
With the growing possibilities for conducting web surveys, researchers increasingly use such surveys to recruit student samples for research purposes in a wide array of social science disciplines. Simultaneously, higher education students are recurrently asked to complete course and teacher evaluations online and to participate in small-scale…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, College Students
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Tijdens, Kea; Steinmetz, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
Whereas the sample composition biases of web surveys have been discussed extensively for developed countries, studies for developing countries are scarce. This article helps to fill that gap by comparing similar non-probability-based web surveys (WEB) and probability-based face-to-face (F2F) surveys both to each other and to the labor force. An…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Probability, Surveys, Test Bias
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