While self-rated health (SRH) is widely used to study health across a range of disciplines, little research examines how features of its measurement in surveys influence respondents’ answers and the overall quality of the resulting measurement. To address these shortcomings, UWSC researchers and Dana Garbarski (Loyola University Chicago) examined how response option order and scale orientation affect responses in an online experiment.
Undergraduate Research Scholar Jinyi (“Lan”) Lan presented at the 20th Undergraduate Symposium, a showcase for undergraduate research and achievement across disciplines at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nora Cate Schaeffer elected vice-president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research
Researchers are increasingly turning to web and mail/web mixed-mode designs to combat rising costs and declining response rates. However, little research examines whether the two forms of self-administration lead to mode effects — differences in …
The Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) is a school-based survey of middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students. The survey collects information on youth knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors related to the use of tobacco and vaping products.
Recent research indicates survey interviewers’ ratings of respondents’ health may provide important information about the health of respondents in surveys of older adults. Although these ratings are promising, little is known about what information interviewers …
In 2018, UWSC will conduct a national in-person field effort to locate and interview MIDUS respondents who participated in early rounds of the study but later attrited.
The Executive Board of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) named Associate Director John Stevenson as its newest MAPOR Fellow at its November 2017 meeting. MAPOR Fellows are judged by the MAPOR leadership …
Self-rated health — “Would you say your health in general is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?”— is one of the most widely used measures of health because of its ability to predict morbidity and mortality. Yet it is unclear what underlies health ratings.
The primary objective of the MIDUS study was to identify the major biomedical, psychological, and social factors that allow some people to achieve good health, psychological well-being, and social responsibility during the journey through middle life on into the later years.