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In January 1980 a panel of distinguished social scientists and statisticians assembled at the National Academy of Sciences to begin a thorough review of the uses, reliability, and validity of surveys purporting to measure such subjective phenomena as attitudes, opinions, beliefs, and preferences. This review was prompted not only by the widespread use of survey results in both academic and non-academic settings, but also by a proliferation of apparent discrepancies in allegedly equivalent measurements and by growing public concern over the value of such measurements.

This two-volume report of the panel’s findings is certain to become one of the standard works in the field of survey measurement. Volume I summarizes the state of the art of surveying subjective phenomena, evaluates contemporary measurement programs, examines the uses and abuses of such surveys, and candidly assesses the problems affecting them. The panel also offers strategies for improving the quality and usefulness of subjective survey data. In volume II, individual panel members and other experts explore in greater depth particular theoretical and empirical topics relevant to the panel’s conclusions.

For social scientists and policymakers who conduct, analyze, and rely on surveys of the national state of mind, this comprehensive and current review will be an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Contents, Volume 2
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Part I. Background
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Part II. Uses and Abuses of Surveys
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 2. The Development and Contemporary Use of Subjective Surveys
  2. pp. 25-60
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  1. 3. Standards of Practice and the Misuse of Surveys
  2. pp. 61-94
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  1. Part III. Measurement Issues
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 4. Measurement and Error: An Introduction
  2. pp. 97-128
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  1. 5. Variability in Survey Measurements of Subjective Phenomena: Empirical Results
  2. pp. 129-178
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  1. 6. Measurement and Structure: Strategies for the Design and Analysis of Subjective Survey Data
  2. pp. 179-230
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  1. Part IV. The Survey Interview Process
  2. pp. 231-234
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  1. 7. Conceptual Ambiguity in Surveys
  2. pp. 235-256
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  1. 8. The Role of the Respondent
  2. pp. 257-278
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  1. 9. The Question-and-Answer Process
  2. pp. 279-302
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  1. Part V. Improving Survey Measurements of Subjective Phenomena
  2. pp. 303-304
  1. 10. Recommendations
  2. pp. 305-334
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 335-432
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  1. References
  2. pp. 433-472
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 473-482
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 483-495
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610445382
Related ISBN
9780871548825
MARC Record
OCLC
933516074
Pages
511
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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