Post # 1
Okay, first of all…thank you for reading!!!
I have to create a questionnaire for the subject “Are men still known as the breadwinners in the household?”
And this is what I have so far:
- Gender: Male ___ Female ___
- Age: 16-19 ___ 20-29 ___ 30-39 ___ 40-49 ___ 50-59 ___ 60-69 ___ 70-79 ___ 80-89 ___ 90-99 ___
- Employment Status: Unemployed ___ Employed Part Time ___ Employed Full Time ___
- Marital Status: Single ___ Married ___ Widowed ___ Separated ___
- Do you have any kids? Yes ___ No ___
- If so, how many kids do you have? I don’t have kids ___ 1-2 ___ 2-3 ___ 3-4 ___ 5+ ___
- What is your highest level of education? High School Degree or GED ___ College/Trade School 2 Year Degree ___ Bachelors Degree ___ Masters Degree ___
- How many hours a week do you work? I do not work ___ 5-10 hours a week ___ 10-20 hours a week ___ 20-30 hours a week ___ 30-40 hours a week ___ 40+ hours a week ___
- How much do you typically make in a year? Under $10,000 ___ $10,000 – $30,000 ___ $30,000 – $60,000 ___ $60,000 – $90,000 ___ $90,000 – $150,000 ___ $150,000 – $200,000 ___ $200,000+ ___
- If you have a significant other (SO), answer questions 11 – 13, if not skip to question
- If your SO works, how often? My SO does not work ___ 5-10 hours a week ___ 10-20 hours a week ___ 20-30 hours a week ___ 30-40 hours a week ___ 40+ hours a week ___
- How much does your SO make in a year? Under $10,000 ___ $10,000 – $30,000 ___ $30,000 – $60,000 ___ $60,000 – $90,000 ___ $90,000 – $150,000 ___ $150,000 – $200,000 ___ $200,000+ ___
- Do you work more hours than your SO? Yes ___ No ___
- If so, how many hours more do you work? I do not work more hours ___ 5-10 hours a week ___ 10-20 hours a week ___ 20-30 hours a week ___ 30-40 hours a week ___ 40+ hours a week ___
My teacher said I have no where near enough!! It can’t be open ended questions so it has to be something that is very vauge or requires a yes or no answer. I just don’t know what else to ask?! Thank you so much for your help!!!
Post # 4
I think you need to ask questions about people perceptions of their role, in the household and financially. For example, are you the primary income? Are you responsible to work more hours to support your household, etc.
Don’t ask just numbers, but pereption. Even if they aren’t making more, they might still see that as their role and that they should be attempting to make more than their spouse.
Post # 5
Well, let’s see…. I would suggest tweaking your questions a little bit. Like, on #7, I would add another category(s) for additional levels of education past a Masters, like JD/PhD/MD/other doctorate, or something similar.
And I would tweak #6, right now, if you have 2 kids, you can select either “1-2” or “2-3”, so I would edit it to the options are: ____ no kids, ____ 1-2, ____ 3-4, ____5+
Same on income, instead of ___under 10k or ____ 10-30, it should be ___ under 10k, ____$10,001-30,000, ___ 30,001-60,000 etc.
Since the question is “are men still known as the breadwinners” – I would ask some history/past questions. Did the questionnaire’s mother work? Father work? What was each of their levels of education? Incomes?
Then you would get a view of whether the male was the breadwinner in the past and present generation – helping answer whether or not the man is still the breadwinner for that particular family.
Hope this makes sense – if not, let me know and I’ll reword. 🙂
Post # 6
You need to ask if the significant other is male or female as well. You may be dealing with some same sex relationships as well as heterosexual.
Also, you could ask if there is anyone else in the household who earns an income and ask the same questions about them (age, sex, education level, etc)
Post # 7
Wow, thank you guys SO very much. That was very helpful. Once I get off work tonight I’m going to re-word the questionnaire like gabrielle said, and I like the idea of asking if the SO what sex they are.
Thank you ladies so very much!!!!
Post # 8
You have to give EVERY respondent the chance to find themselves in the answer options. Often, this is done by adding an “other” or “none of the above” category.
You might have respondents as young as 16 and old as 99, so I would add ‘student’, ‘at home caring for children’, and ‘retired’ to Q3.
Answers have to be mutually exclusive. If someone has 2 children, what are they supposed to check in Q6, 1-2 or 2-3?
Q7. The highest level of education one can achieve is a PhD. Also, professional degrees (J.D., M.D. and MBA) are often displayed separately from Masters.
Q9 and Q12 might be a bit vague, given that this is key for your research question. Is this before or after taxes? Also, expect a lot of non-response to those questions. People do not like to report their income, not even in anonymous surveys. Better ask who has the higher income. That is less intrusive.
Also add some attitudinal questions: Who should stay home when a child is born? How long should someone stay home to care for the kids? Add something like “it has been in the news lately that women’s salaries are lower than those of men in the same position. Do you think this is true? Assuming this is true, do you think this needs to be changed? Why did you chose this answer? ____________
Try to leave out any judgement and stay completely objective on the matter. There is no right or wrong in surveys.
Post # 9
@AprilJo2011: I love all of your advice. Thank you SO much for taking the time out to help me. I will definitely take your advice and add it to my questionnaire.
Thank you ALL so much for the constructive criticism. It helped A LOT!!
Post # 10
Lees, do you attend the University of Phoenix? Just curious.
Post # 11
@SM1982: I don’t..are they doing something on questionnaires right now?
Post # 12
Do you attend a junior college?
Post # 13
@bride123: Yes it is a junior college!
Post # 14
I would also ask if they are living with their SO, and if so what portion of the bills are paid with their income. (some pay bills with one and save the other income, others split it 50/50 etc)
Post # 15
@lefeymw: I did add your ideas to the questionnaire. Thank you so much for your advice!!!
Thank you ALL for your advice!!