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ERIC Number: EJ1203491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1364-5579
The Impact of Respondent Attentiveness on Reliability and Validity
Silber, Henning; Danner, Daniel; Rammstedt, Beatrice
International Journal of Social Research Methodology, v22 n2 p153-164 2019
This study aims to assess whether respondent inattentiveness causes systematic and unsystematic measurement error that influences survey data quality. To determine the impact of (in)attentiveness on the reliability and validity of target measures, we compared respondents from a German online survey (N = 5205) who had passed two attention checks with those who had failed. Our results show that inattentiveness induces both random and systematic measurement error, which impacts estimates of the reliability and validity of multi-item scales. In addition, we conducted a sensitivity analysis, which revealed that the impact of inattentiveness on analyses can be substantial.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany