F.J.R. van de Vijver
D.A. van Hemert
- An examination of acquiescent response styles in cross-cultural research
- 18th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Book/source title
- Quod erat demonstrandum: from Herodotus' ethnographic journeys to cross-cultural research: selected chapters from the 18th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Pages (from-to)
- Athens: Pedio Books Publishing
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Response styles constitute a formidable challenge for cross-cultural research. In this article, three different response styles are discussed (acquiescence, extremity scoring, and social desirability). Acquiescence responding (ARS) is then integrated into a larger classical test theoretical framework, which allows for an examination of the various roles that ARS may play in cross-cultural research. A new meta-analytical method is proposed to examine the prevalence and nature of ARS. Preliminary evidence suggests that ARS has only a small, but systematic effect on survey responses. Then meaning of ARS is explored through correlations with nation-level indicators. Implications for future research are discussed.
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