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ERIC Number: ED423298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 17
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Extreme Responding Style and the Concreteness-Abstractness Dimension.
Swearingen, Dorothy L.
The problem of response set is important for questionnaire designers and interpreters, but the public is affected as well if policy is determined on the basis of unsupported conclusions. This study focused on one of the most researched response sets, extreme responding (ER), or extreme checking styles, and its relationship to one dimension of thinking style, the concreteness-abstractness dimension. Undergraduate and graduate college students (n=320) who had demonstrated 4 single-dominance styles in an earlier study completed the Gregorc Style Delineator (A. Gregorc, 1984) and 12 brief attitude questionnaires covering 2 controversial and 2 noncontroversial topics. The concreteness-abstractness dimension in thinking style, initially hypothesized to be a strong contributor to the use of ER response set was found in this study to be unimportant. Item format and item content emerged as very important. Apparently, respondents are sensitive to the type of question format used and the controversy level of the topics. Questionnaire designers seeking to minimize the influence of response set could include a variety of formats in a questionnaire, in short sections, so that the chance of having a medium of expression that fits the styles of individual respondents is increased. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure, and 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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