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Psychology 242
Research in Psychology
Dr. David J. McKirnan

Week 9.
Surveys and Questionnaires

Lecture notes

Uses of surveys:Uses of surveys Sex Partner counts

Core topic areas for survey research:

Survey format issues: Sex survey bias

General issues in survey design:

Lecture notes are here. Gay smoking image


Suggested background reading: "Surveys".

Focus Modules:
Surveys, Part 1.
Surveys, Part 2.

For lecture & Discussion Group:
Read about whether people lie on sex surveys (click the "hands counting" image above).
Read about the dangers - and biases - in opinion polls on complex topics. 
Click the image to the right for the article describing a survey study of smoking among gay & bisexual men (used in lecture).

Discussion group Assignment

Design and administer a survey

Take the topic you are addressing in your paper and develop a survey based on it. Briefly describe how you designed the survey, answering the questions below.

1. What general theme or question are you interested in.

2. What sampling approach will you use?

3. Write some questions.

4. Get some data.