questionnaires. biased results based on what the person thinks the interviewer wants to hear?

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giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:23

Am trying to critique the use of the questionnare in one of the papers - it asked children about their relationships and they had to identify on a scale (never, sometimes, often) the answer to each question. Say a child felt they SHOULD be doing something/feeling something "often" but in reality the answer would be "never" - I am trying to say they might feel pressured/expected to give a positive answer.

Does that make sense? Is there a term for what I am thinking of?

webfizzystuff Mon 10-Dec-12 21:02:51

I think its "response bias"
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Response_bias

giraffesCantFlyLikeReindeer Mon 10-Dec-12 21:57:31

Thank you so much!

FantasticDay Mon 10-Dec-12 22:00:45

The precise term is social desirability bias.

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