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Gummer, Tobias – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Survey research is still confronted by a trend of increasing nonresponse rates. In this context, several methodological advances have been made to stimulate participation and avoid bias. Yet, despite the growing number of tools and methods to deal with nonresponse, little is known about whether nonresponse biases show similar trends as nonresponse…
Descriptors: Bias, Surveys, Foreign Countries, Response Rates (Questionnaires)
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Kappelhof, Johannes W. S.; De Leeuw, Edith D. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
This study investigates the impact of different modes and tailor-made response enhancing measures (TMREM)--such as bilingual interviewers with a shared ethnic background and translated questionnaires--on the measurement of substantive variables in surveys among minority ethnic groups in the Netherlands. It also provides insight into the ability to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Ethnic Groups, Computation
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Jaeger, Mads Meier – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
This article analyzes the effect of interviewers' physical attractiveness on cooperation rates in face-to-face interviews and survey responses (self-reports on physical appearance, weight, and health). This article includes four aspects of physical attractiveness (facial attractiveness, voice attractiveness, body mass index [BMI], and height) and…
Descriptors: Researchers, Individual Characteristics, Aesthetics, Cooperation
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Fondevila-McDonald, Yvonne; Molinero-Ruiz, Emília; Vergara-Duarte, Montse; Guillén, Montserrat; Ollé-Espluga, Laia; Menéndez, María; Benach, Joan – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Information quality deficiencies have been detected in occupational safety and health surveys in Europe, which typically gather self-reported data responded by employers or their representatives. For instance, their low response rates and informant profiles make estimations on establishments with safety representatives (SRs) unreliable. We tested…
Descriptors: Computation, Occupational Safety and Health, Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Almquist, Zack W.; Bagozzi, Benjamin E. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Radical social movements are broadly engaged in, and dedicated to, promoting change in their social environment. In their corresponding efforts to call attention to various causes, communicate with like-minded groups, and mobilize support for their activities, radical social movements also produce an enormous amount of text. These texts, like…
Descriptors: Activism, Social Change, Social Networks, Conservation (Environment)
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Elzinga, Cees H.; Studer, Matthias – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
We explore the relations between the notion of distance and a feature set--based concept of similarity and show that this concept of similarity has a spatial interpretation that is complementary to distance: it is interpreted as "direction." Furthermore, we show how proper normalization leads to distances that can be directly interpreted…
Descriptors: Proximity, Age Differences, Norms, Foreign Countries
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Kuppelwieser, Volker G.; Putinas, Aleksa-Carina; Bastounis, Marina – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Extending the discussion on replication in sociology and psychology, this article focuses on the adaption of scales in research. Drawing on a recently published scale, we highlight several validity issues in the scale's composition and development. Using data from two empirical studies, we subsequently show how scales can be tested and adapted. In…
Descriptors: Media Adaptation, Test Validity, Test Construction, Replication (Evaluation)
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Yousefi-Nooraie, Reza; Marin, Alexandra; Hanneman, Robert; Pullenayegum, Eleanor; Lohfeld, Lynne; Dobbins, Maureen – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Using randomly ordered name generators, we tested the effect of name generators' relative position on the likelihood of respondents' declining to respond or satisficing in their response. An online survey of public health staff elicited names of information sources, information seekers, perceived experts, and friends. Results show that when name…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Response Style (Tests), Test Format, Health Personnel
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O'Hara, Leeanne; Higgins, Kathryn – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Participatory methods for engaging children and young people in research are becoming more popular and innovative in social research. One example of this is the inclusion of participant photography. Drawing on an ethnographic study conducted in Northern Ireland, this article explores the application of participant photography to research drug use…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Photography, Drug Use, Antisocial Behavior
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Klima, André; Schlesinger, Thomas; Thurner, Paul W.; Küchenhoff, Helmut – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Our objective is the estimation of voter transitions between two consecutive parliamentary elections. Usually, such analyses have been based either on individual survey data or on aggregated data. To move beyond these methods and their respective problems, we propose the application of so-called hybrid models, which combine aggregate and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Voting, Computation, Elections
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Bais, Frank; Schouten, Barry; Lugtig, Peter; Toepoel, Vera; Arends-Tòth, Judit; Douhou, Salima; Kieruj, Natalia; Morren, Mattijn; Vis, Corrie – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Item characteristics can have a significant effect on survey data quality and may be associated with measurement error. Literature on data quality and measurement error is often inconclusive. This could be because item characteristics used for detecting measurement error are not coded unambiguously. In our study, we use a systematic coding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Error of Measurement, Test Items
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Campolieti, Michele – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Using Canadian data from 1976 to 2014, I study the size distribution of strikes with three alternative measures of strike size: the number of workers on strike, strike duration in calendar days, and the number of person calendar days lost to a strike. I use a maximum likelihood framework that provides a way to estimate distributions, evaluate…
Descriptors: Strikes, Foreign Countries, Unions, Collective Bargaining
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Rona-Tas, Akos; Cornuéjols, Antoine; Blanchemanche, Sandrine; Duroy, Antonin; Martin, Christine – Sociological Methods & Research, 2019
Recently, both sociology of science and policy research have shown increased interest in scientific uncertainty. To contribute to these debates and create an empirical measure of scientific uncertainty, we inductively devised two systems of classification or ontologies to describe scientific uncertainty in a large corpus of food safety risk…
Descriptors: Food, Risk, Safety, Classification
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Spaiser, Viktoria; Hedström, Peter; Ranganathan, Shyam; Jansson, Kim; Nordvik, Monica K.; Sumpter, David J. T. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
It is widely recognized that segregation processes are often the result of complex nonlinear dynamics. Empirical analyses of complex dynamics are however rare, because there is a lack of appropriate empirical modeling techniques that are capable of capturing complex patterns and nonlinearities. At the same time, we know that many social phenomena…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Research Methodology, Social Systems, Systems Approach
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Legleye, Stéphane; Charrance, Géraldine; Razafindratsima, Nicolas; Bajos, Nathalie; Bohet, Aline; Moreau, Caroline – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Background: Reliability of nonprobability online volunteer panels for epidemiological purposes has rarely been studied. Objectives: To assess the quality of a questionnaire on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) administered in a nonprobability Web panel and in a random telephone survey (n = 8,992; n = 8,437, age 16-49 years). Especially, we were…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Birth, Questionnaires, Adolescents
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