(Closed) Is anyone good at creating a questionnaire? REALLY need help!!

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 8
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 10
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Lees, do you attend the University of Phoenix?  Just curious.

Post # 12
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Lees4308: LOL!

Do you attend a junior college?

Post # 14
4824 posts
Honey bee

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)


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