Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts

Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts

Editor(s): Janet A. Harkness, Michael Braun, Brad Edwards, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Tom W. Smith

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

Print ISBN: 9780470177990

Online ISBN: 9780470609927

DOI: 10.1002/9780470609927

About this Book

A unique collaboration featuring the latest methodologies and research on multi- and cross-national surveys

Over the past two decades, the relevance of cross-national and cross-cultural methodologies has heightened across various fields of study. Responding to increasing cultural diversity and rapid changes in how research is conducted, Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts addresses the need for refined tools and improved procedures in cross-cultural and cross-national studies worldwide.

Based on research submitted to the International Conference on Multinational, Multicultural, and Multiregional Survey Methods (3MC), this book identifies important changes in comparative methodology approaches, outlines new findings, and provides insight into future developments in the field. Some of the world's leading survey researchers gather in this volume to address the need for a standard framework that promotes quality assurance and quality control in survey research, and its impact on various stages of the survey life cycle, including study design and organization, cross-national sampling, testing and pretesting, data collection, and input and output variable harmonization. Self-contained chapters feature coverage of various topics, such as:

  • Question and questionnaire design, from both global and study-specific perspectives

  • The construction and evaluation of survey translations and instrument adaptations

  • The effects of cultural difference on the perception of question and response categories

  • Non-response issues

  • Analysis in comparative contexts, featuring discussion of polytomous item response theory, categorization problems, and Multi-Trait-Multi-Methods (MTMM)

  • The significance of evolving methodologies for current international survey programs, including the European Social Survey, the International Social Survey Programme, and the Gallup World Poll

Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts is a valuable supplement for courses on comparative survey methods at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It also serves as an insightful reference for professionals who design, implement, and analyze comparative research in the areas of business, public health, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Setting the Stage

    1. Chapter 1

      Comparative Survey Methodology (pages 1–16)

      Janet A. Harkness, Michael Braun, Brad Edwards, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell and Tom W. Smith

  2. Part II: Questionnaire Development

    1. Chapter 3

      Designing Questionnaires for Multipopulation Research (pages 31–57)

      Janet A. Harkness, Brad Edwards, Sue Ellen Hansen, Debra R. Miller and Ana Villar

    2. Chapter 4

      Creating Questions and Protocols for an International Study of Ideas About Development and Family Life (pages 59–74)

      Arland Thornton, Alexandra Achen, Jennifer S. Barber, Georgina Binstock, Wade M. Garrison, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Ronald Inglehart, Rukmalie Jayakody, Yang Jiang, Julie De Jong, Katherine King, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Sohair Mehanna, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Mary Beth Ofstedal, Norbert Schwarz, Guangzhou Wang, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda C. Young-Demarco and Kathryn Yount

    3. Chapter 6

      Cognitive Interviewing in Non-English Languages: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (pages 91–113)

      Yuling Pan, Ashley Landreth, Hyunjoo Park, Marjorie Hinsdale-Shouse and Alisú Schoua-Glusberg

  3. Part III: Translation, Adaptation, and Assessment

    1. Chapter 8

      Evaluation of a Multistep Survey Translation Process (pages 141–156)

      Gordon B. Willis, Martha Stapleton Kudela, Kerry Levin, Alicia Norberg, Debra S. Stark, Barbara H. Forsyth, Pat Dean Brick, David Berrigan, Frances E. Thompson, Deirdre Lawrence and Anne M. Hartman

  4. Part IV: Culture, Cognition and Response

    1. Chapter 12

      Response Styles and Culture (pages 203–223)

      Yongwei Yang, Janet A. Harkness, Tzu-Yun Chin and Ana Villar

  5. Part V: Key Process Components and Quality

    1. Chapter 15

      Challenges in Cross-National Data Collection (pages 269–298)

      Beth-Ellen Pennell, Janet A. Harkness, Rachel Levenstein and Martine Quaglia

    2. Chapter 16

      A Survey Process Quality Perspective on Documentation (pages 299–314)

      Peter Ph. Mohler, Sue Ellen Hansen, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Wendy Thomas, Joachim Wackerow and Frost Hubbard

    3. Chapter 17

      Harmonizing Survey Data (pages 315–332)

      Peter Granda, Christof Wolf and Reto Hadorn

  6. Part VI: Nonresponse

  7. Part VII: Analyzing Data

    1. Chapter 21

      Analysis Models for Comparative Surveys (pages 395–418)

      Joop J. Hox, Edith D. de Leeuw and Matthieu J.S. Brinkhuis

  8. Part VIII: Global Survey Programs

    1. Chapter 31

      The Gallup World Poll (pages 535–543)

      Robert D. Tortora, Rajesh Srinivasan and Neli Esipova

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