A proposal to study the “Measurement of Self-Reported Health,” submitted by Dana Garbarski (UW Sociology graduate student), Nora Cate Schaeffer (UWSC Faculty Director), and Jen Dykema (UWSC Survey Methodologist) was among the winning entries in RTI’s 2012 Research Challenge. The research team will have their questions included as part of an in-person survey of Chicago residents this spring. The goal of their proposal is to examine whether the validity of self-reported health is improved by varying question context and the ordering of the response options. The intent of their experiment is to make important contributions to research on survey methodology, health outcomes and disparities, and any field interested in capturing indicators of health in their surveys.
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