ERIC Number: ED198179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Measurement of Respondent Burden: Study Design and Early Findings.
This is an experimental 2-phase study which focuses upon perceived respondent burden (PRB), that is, upon negative feelings which may be experienced by people who participate in household surveys. For phase 1 of the study, whose results are reported here, the effects of two variables-- interview length and interview effort--upon PRB were assessed. Length was varied by using either a 25 or a 75-minute interview. The "effort" variable was also separated into two treatments, in which some respondents were asked to check their records for the answers to household expenditure items, and others were asked to provide estimates based on memory. Respondent attitudes were assessed via a self-administered "reaction form" which was handed to the respondent at the conclusion of the treatment interview. Findings suggest that: (1) persons exposed to the longer interview were less likely to express willingness to participate in future surveys; (2) willingness to complete the interview, item response rates, and self-perceived accuracy of responses were not affected by length; and (3) varying the level of effort did not affect PRB. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of Social Science Research, Inc., Washington, DC.