The psychology of survey response

Tourangeau, Roger

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  • Creator Roger Tourangeau, Lance J. Rips, Kenneth Rasinski
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0521572460, 9780521572460, 0521576296, 9780521576291
  • OCLC ocm41488787


  • "This book examines the complex psychological processes involved in answering different types of survey questions. It proposes a theory about how respondents answer questions in surveys, reviews the relevant psychological and survey literatures, and traces out the implications of the theories and findings for survey practice." "The Psychology of Survey Response will appeal to (1) social psychologists, political scientists, and others who study public opinion or who use data from public opinion surveys; (2) cognitive psychologists and other researchers who are interested in everyday memory and judgment processes; and (3) survey researchers, methodologists, and statisticians who are involved in designing and carrying out surveys."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-380) and indexes.


  • 1. An Introduction and a Point of View -- 2. Respondents' Understanding of Survey Questions -- 3. The Role of Memory in Survey Responding -- 4. Answering Questions about Dates and Durations -- 5. Factual Judgments and Numerical Estimates -- 6. Attitude Questions -- 7. Attitude Judgments and Context Effects -- 8. Selecting a Response: Mapping Judgments to Survey Answers -- 9. Editing of Responses: Reporting about Sensitive Topics -- 10. Mode of Data Collection -- 11. Impact of Cognitive Models on Survey Measurement
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