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Choosing the number of categories in agree-disagree scales

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dc.contributor.author Revilla, Melanie
dc.contributor.author Saris, Willem E.
dc.contributor.author Krosnick, Jon A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-24T11:03:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-24T11:03:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Choosing the number of categories in agree-disagree scales
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/28305
dc.description.abstract Although agree-disagree (AD) rating scales suffer from acquiescence response bias, entail enhanced cognitive burden, and yield data of lower quality (Krosnick, 1991; Saris, Revilla, Krosnick, Schaeffer, forthcoming), these scales remain popular with researchers due to practical considerations (e.g., ease of item preparation, speed of administration, reduced administration costs). This paper shows that if researchers want to use AD scales, they should offer 5 answer categories rather than 7 or 11, because the latter yield data of lower quality. This is shown using data from four multitraitmultimethod (MTMM) experiments implemented in the third round of the European Social Survey. The quality of items with different rating scale lengths were computed and compared.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries RECSM Working Paper Series;5
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properlyattributed.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Choosing the number of categories in agree-disagree scales
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
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