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Preparing a Culturally Appropriate Translation of a Survey Questionnaire

By: Dirgha J. Ghimire, William G. Axinn, Heather Gatny & Stephanie Chardoul Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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In 1996, we launched a panel study in the Chitwan Valley of Nepal to investigate the influence of social contexts on population processes. Twenty years later, the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) is still underway, with a population-based sample of 10,000 people. Over time, the focus of the CVFS has expanded to other areas including agricultural production, migration, and labor force participation. In 2016, the CVFS expanded again, launching its most ambitious data collection effort yet—the collection of psychiatric phenotypes and biospecimens to investigate the role of genetics and the environment in producing common psychiatric disorders. This case study describes our 3-year-long mixed-methods approach to develop a clinically validated survey questionnaire to measure psychiatric disorders in Nepal. We detail our process to translate and adapt ...

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