Diversity in Survey Questions on the Same Topic

Techniques for Improving Comparability

; Ruut Veenhoven ; Wim Kalmijn

Serie: Social Indicators Research Series 68

This book describes why conventional methods fall short to solve the comparability problem and introduces three successive innovations to overcome these shortcomings. Comparability of results from different surveys using different items for the same topic is greatly hampered by the differences in response scales used. Les mer
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Om boka

This book describes why conventional methods fall short to solve the comparability problem and introduces three successive innovations to overcome these shortcomings. Comparability of results from different surveys using different items for the same topic is greatly hampered by the differences in response scales used. This reduces our accumulation of knowledge and has challenged researchers in the field of survey research for long to develop appropriate methods to transform ratings on different scales to attain comparable results and to correct for effects of changes in measurements and other influencing factors. The three innovations described in this volume are applied to data on happiness and life satisfaction, show better comparability of the survey results concerning the perceptions and opinions of people over time and across nations and at an increased opportunity for meta-analysis on these results.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

Part 1: Comparing responses to different survey questions on the same topic.- Problems and conventional solutions.- chap. 1 Diversity in survey items and the comparability problem.- Part 2: Innovation 1: The happiness scale interval study.- chap. 2 The happiness scale interval study.- chap. 3 Use of happiness scale interval studies in this book.- chap. 4 Equivalence of rating scales using different keywords.- chap. 5 'Very Happy' is not always equally happy.- chap. 6 A change in response scale comes with another interpretation of the labels: the japanese case (pm).- Part 3: Innovation 2: The continuum approach.- chap. 7 The continuum approach.- Part 4 Innovation 3: The reference distribution method.- chap. 8 The reference distribution method.- chap. 9 Stability of the boundaries between response options for different countries.- chap. 10 Analyses of differences in trends among the happy few and the unhappy few.- chap. 11 Combining and pooling time series on life satisfaction in Japan and The Netherlands.- chap. 12 Directions for further research.- Appendices.

Om forfatteren

Tineke de Jonge (1964) is a methodologist who studied Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology. She has always worked and is still working in the public domain, in jobs all having a central role for quantitative, socio-economic research in common. As senior researcher at Statistics Netherlands she was responsible for the program "Well-being of the Dutch population". This well-being theme marked the start of her PhD-research on the comparability of responses to different survey questions on the same topic at the Erasmus University Rotterdam which she completed in July 2015. She continues to be involved as a senior volunteer in the research program in the field of comparability of survey results.



Ruut Veenhoven (1942) studied sociology and is also accredited in social psychology and social-sexuology. He is emeritus-professor of 'social conditions for human happiness' at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands and extra-ordinary professor at the North-West University in South Africa. His current research is on subjective quality of life. Major publications are: 'Conditions of happiness' (1984), 'Happiness in nations' (1993),'The four qualities of life' (2000) and 'Greater happiness for a greater number: Is that possible and desirable?' (2010). He also published on abortion, love, marriage and parenthood. Ruut Veenhoven is director of the World Database of Happiness and founding editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies.



Wim Kalmijn (1934-2015) studied chemical technology at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He became an employee of the Unilever Research Laboratory at Vlaardingen and worked in various departments; he acted as Training Officer, as Manager of the Department of Statistics and Experimental Design and as Information Manager. Some years after his retireme