ERIC Number: ED330976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Description of a Special Survey Using a Single Combined Form of the Monitoring the Future Questionnaires. Monitoring the Future. Occasional Paper Series, Paper 6.
Herzog, A. Regula; Bachman, Jerald G.
The Monitoring the Future study surveys high school seniors annually. Data from a special survey of high school seniors (N=1,050) conducted in 1978 designed to complement the annual Monitoring the Future survey were compared to data from the 1978 Monitoring the Future survey of approximately 18,000 high school seniors. Means and correlations were compared in order to determine the extent to which the special survey reproduced the findings from the Monitoring the Future sample. Only one clear-cut difference between the two sets was found. Results indicated that respondents in the special data collection exhibited a tendency to give identical answers to most or all of the questions within large item sets in later parts of the questionnaire. The reported data suggest that due to what is assumed to be a decline in motivation people responded in somewhat more stereotypical ways in latter parts of the long questionnaire used in the special data collection, as reflected in the straight-line or almost straight-line reporting. Appropriate cautions are therefore suggested when using the data from this special data collection for estimation of means and interrelationships between questions from the same set, but correlational and multivariate analyses using questions from different sets should not be seriously biased. (BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.