Survey instructions are a set of directions at the beginning of a survey tool that provide important information for participants regarding the purpose of the data collection and how to correctly complete the data assessment. Survey instructions are also often found throughout the survey when a new question format or section of the survey is introduced to the participant that requires further instructions. Communication researchers frequently use surveys as a tool to collect data to answer research questions or hypotheses. For example, a researcher may use a survey tool to collect data from adults in a romantic relationship regarding how they engage in conflict within their relationship. Understanding what components to address and how to properly write survey instructions is essential in the ...
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