Do people tell the truth on these surveys?


While there are always potential threats to the accuracy of self-report data, there are a number of things that can be done to boost the meaningfulness of data that are collected.  This includes keeping surveys confidential, allowing people to skip items they’re uncomfortable answering, assuring that there is no penalty/punishment related to any answers, using reliable/valid measures, and checking for inconsistencies in how people answered throughout the survey.  

Fortunately, studies that look at this very issue (i.e., whether people lie on surveys or not), show that the overwhelming majority of people are very honest and accurate.

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