Asking questions about behavior: Cognition, communication, and questionnaire construction

Reviews lessons learned from research focusing on self-reports of behavior. First, the authors contrast evaluators' hopes about the question-answer process with the reality experienced by participants attempting to answer these questions. Next, this article reviews the tasks involved in answering questions about one's behavior, identifies the underlying processes, and discusses their implications for questionnaire construction. Where available, the authors highlight methods that are helpful at the question development and pilot testing stages. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)