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ERIC Number: EJ787630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Designing a Household Survey to Address Seasonality in Child Care Arrangements
Schmidt, Stefanie R.; Wang, Kevin H.; Sonenstein, Freya L.
Evaluation Review, v32 n2 p216-233 2008
In household telephone surveys, a long field period may be required to maximize the response rate and achieve adequate sample sizes. However, long field periods can be problematic when measures of seasonally affected behavior are sought. Surveys of child care use are one example because child care arrangements vary by season. Options include varying the questions posed about school-year and summer arrangements or posing retrospective questions about child care use for the school year only. This article evaluates the bias associated with the use of retrospective questions about school-year child care arrangements in the 1999 National Survey of America's Families. The authors find little evidence of bias and hence recommend that future surveys use the retrospective approach. (Contains 4 tables and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey; National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; National Survey of Families and Households