Linking extreme response style to response processes: a cross-cultural mixed methods approach

Benitez, Isabel, He, Jia, Van de Vijver, Fons J. R. and Padilla, José-Luis (2016) Linking extreme response style to response processes: a cross-cultural mixed methods approach. International Journal of Psychology, 51 6: 464-473. doi:10.1002/ijop.12379


Author Benitez, Isabel
He, Jia
Van de Vijver, Fons J. R.
Padilla, José-Luis
Title Linking extreme response style to response processes: a cross-cultural mixed methods approach
Journal name International Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-066X
0020-7594
Publication date 2016-12-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ijop.12379
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 51
Issue 6
Start page 464
End page 473
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
3200 Psychology
Abstract The aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of extreme response style in cross-cultural research by integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence in a mixed methods design. In the quantitative phase, indexes of extreme response style, derived from quality of life measures from different international studies, were compared between Spain and the Netherlands. Results indicated that extreme responding was more common among Spanish than among Dutch in endorsement of items, but that the opposite was found for frequency scales including never as a response anchor. In the qualitative phase, cognitive interviews were conducted with 25 participants in each country. The integration of quantitative results and qualitative findings suggests that country differences in extreme response style may stem from various sources, including the more independent evaluation of each item by Dutch, the stronger connotations of never for Spanish and stronger emotions triggered by specific topics such as work satisfaction that was more strongly associated with insecurity for Spanish. It is concluded that the integration of quantitative and qualitative evidence can help to understand cross-cultural similarities and differences in extreme response style.
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The aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of extreme response style in cross-cultural research by integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence in a mixed methods design. In the quantitative phase, indexes of extreme response style, derived from quality of life measures from different international studies, were compared between Spain and the Netherlands. Results indicated that extreme responding was more common among Spanish than among Dutch in endorsement of items, but that the opposite was found for frequency scales including never as a response anchor. In the qualitative phase, cognitive interviews were conducted with 25 participants in each country. The integration of quantitative results and qualitative findings suggests that country differences in extreme response style may stem from various sources, including the more independent evaluation of each item by Dutch, the stronger connotations of never for Spanish and stronger emotions triggered by specific topics such as work satisfaction that was more strongly associated with insecurity for Spanish. It is concluded that the integration of quantitative and qualitative evidence can help to understand cross-cultural similarities and differences in extreme response style.
Keyword Cognitive interviews
Extremity
Method bias
Mixed methods studies
Response styles
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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