ERIC Number: ED201662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-14
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Interview Length and Question Type ("Effort") on Perceived Respondent Burden.
Phase I of the Measurement of Respondent Burden is described. The focus of the study was upon correlates of self perceived respondent burden, i.e., factors associated with the presence of negative feelings such as annoyance, frustration or inconvenience which may be experienced by survey participants during face-to-face interviews at their homes. The effect of interview time (25- and 75-minute treatments) and respondent effort upon respondent burden was assessed. Interviews were conducted with 500 consenting persons in households located in a predominately white middle class suburb. Most questions sought factual information, rather than opinion or attitude data. Results indicated: (1) no relationship was found between interview length (IL) and overall item nonresponse; (2) IL was associated with willingness to be re-interviewed with 14 percent more of the short interview subjects willing to allow the interviewer to return next year; (3) IL affected attitudes towards the interview by eliciting more negative responses to questions which asked specifically about length; and (4) generally, increasing the effort required to complete the respondent's task (retrieval of records) had no effect on behavioral or attitudinal indicators of respondent burden. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Effort; Respondent Burden
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Table 1 is small print.