Selbstberichtete Verhaltens- und Symptomhäufigkeiten: Was Befragte aus Antwortvorgaben des Fragebogens lernen

Studied the influence of response alternatives on questionnaire respondents' reports of the frequencies of symptoms and behaviors. Focus was on testing the hypothesis that respondents assume that the range of response alternatives presented to them reflects the researcher's knowledge about the distribution of a particular symptom of behavior and that this assumption influences frequency estimations. Human Ss: 60 male and female West German adults (aged 21-58 yrs) (mixed psychosomatic disorders). Ss were assigned to 1 of 3 experimental conditions varying with regard to response alternatives (standard, high, and low frequencies) on a questionnaire assessing the frequency of 17 physical complaints. Reported frequencies of complaints in the 3 conditions were compared. Tests used: The Freiburger Beschwerdeliste (Freiburg Complaints Inventory) by J. Fahrenberg (1975). (English abstract) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)