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Satisficing among reluctant respondents in a cross-national context

Kaminska, O and McCutcheon, AL and Billiet, J (2010) 'Satisficing among reluctant respondents in a cross-national context.' Public Opinion Quarterly, 74 (5). 956 - 984. ISSN 0033-362X

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Abstract

Higher response rates are commonly assumed to be associated with higher survey quality. Nevertheless, increasing response rates without attention to response quality may result in an increase of measurement error if it is associated with reluctance to participate in surveys. This article examines the nature of the relationship between reluctance and response quality. The question is studied in a cross-national context using data from the European Social Survey, Round 3, conducted in 2006-2007. Hypotheses are tested separately and compared across four countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. A measure of response quality, satisficing, is developed through latent class analysis using the indicators of "don't know," straight-lining, inconsistent, and "extreme + middle" responses. To explore the relationship between the latent variables of reluctance and satisficing, before and after controlling for cognitive ability, structural equation modeling is used. The findings suggest that the relationship between reluctance and response quality is present but spurious, being completely explained by cognitive ability. The observed effects are not only consistent but also invariant in their magnitudes across the countries. The implications of this study for future data collection are discussed. © The Author 2011.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 15:11
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:23
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7149

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