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Chapter 19: The Translation of Measurement Instruments for Cross-Cultural Surveys

The Translation of Measurement Instruments for Cross-Cultural Surveys

Dorothe Behr Kuniaki Shishido


Cross-national surveys typically collect data by using an (almost) identical set of questions across different countries. The goal of cross-national surveys, that is, comparing countries or regions on various dimensions, requires that these questions are equivalent. Otherwise methodological artefacts might be taken as real similarities or differences between countries. Equivalence needs to be addressed ex-ante by adequate source questionnaire development, translation, and related testing; furthermore, it needs to be addressed ex-post by quantitative and/or qualitative assessments of questions. This chapter concentrates on the role of translation in the endeavor to produce equivalent questions in cross-national studies; it thus sheds light on what can be ...

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