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Marked reversals in a questionnaire
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
1980 (English)In: Perceptual and Motor Skills, ISSN 0031-5125, Vol. 50, 958-958 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In an attitude investigation with 260 respondents and 75 Likert type attitude statements a number of reversals of answers were found in the questionnaires, i.e. first marking response 2 and then changing it to 4. There were 71 reversals for items 1-25, 54 reversals for items 26-50 and 16 reversals for items 51-75, which suggests a practice effect. The mean number of words in the three groups increased (7,6 to 8,7 to 10,4).  7 items had 5 or more reversals - they hade the mean 5,9 words but some of them had words with negative prefixes. The method of counting and analyzing reversals in questionnaires is relevant for judging reliability. Some wrong answers may never have been reversed. 

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1980. Vol. 50, 958-958 p.
Keyword [en]
Likert, response scale, logical reversal of answer, investigative method, cognitive error, human error, criticism of sources, wrong answers
Keyword [sv]
Likert skala, logisk omkastning av svar på svarsskala, ändrat svar, felsvar, utredningsmetodik, källkritik, tankefel, misstag, källkritik, utredningsmetodik
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Psychology Computer and Information Science
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Psychology; Statistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-7809DOI: 10.2466/pms.1980.50.3.958OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-7809DiVA: diva2:233860
Available from: 2009-09-02 Created: 2009-09-02 Last updated: 2012-05-09Bibliographically approved

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