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Conducting Cognitive Interviews With Young Children—Experiences From the Measuring Youth Well-Being Project

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This case study is based on our work within the Measuring Youth Well-Being FP7 EU project in (a) developing a research design for cross-cultural cognitive interviews for testing a survey’s well-being questions with young children (aged 7 and 8), (b) coordinating fieldwork in six countries, and (c) conducting these interviews in Croatia. This case study describes the main issues and challenges in developing research designs, as well as obstacles and strategies implemented during cross-country fieldwork. More specifically, this case study discusses (a) the main elements of research design, (b) obtaining ethical approval and parental consent, (c) fieldwork experiences regarding children’s reactions and behavior during cognitive interviews, (d) duration and context of interviews, and (e) strengths and weaknesses of the applied study protocols and probes. We believe that this case study will be useful to those who wish to use cognitive interviews with children for testing survey questions regardless of survey topics.

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