Designing successful, useful, and informative surveys requires careful planning and an appreciation of the influence of survey methods, wording, and types of questions, the use of appropriate scales, form design, and the validity and reliability of the survey instrument itself.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, read the article by the Society for Womens Health Research located in this weeks Learning Resources, Surveys of Adult U.S. Women and Doctors Gauge Perceptions About Depression Through Hormonal Transitions.
Based only on the information contained in the article and your understanding of the principles of survey research as outlined in your course text, write a 2- to 3-page paper which addresses the following points:
What is the research question?
What is the survey method?
What types of questions are included?
How reliable and valid do you think the results are and why?
What questions or concerns does this account of the survey raise?
How could the survey be improved?
Article: Society for Women’s Health Research. (2008). Surveys of adult U.S. women and doctors gauge perceptions about depression through hormonal transitions. Retrieved from http://web.archive.org/web/20120507195530/http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/site/DocServer/DepressionSurveyAnalysis.pdf?docID=1801