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- Title: SOEP-Pretest
- Authors:Jürgen Schupp, David Richter
Each year from 2001 to 2011, the SOEP questionnaire for the following wave was pretested in the summer of the preceding year. The objective of these pretests was to test new modules and modifications of questions. The SOEP-Pretest went far beyond the standard format of a pretest: the sample size was around 1,000 respondents per year and can be considered representative for the German resident population of 16 years and older (Siegel et al. 2009). Within the SOEP there are two main differences between the pretests and the main survey. First, all interviews in the SOEP-Pretests are programmed as CAPI versions (in contrast, in the main survey some of the interviews are based on paper-and-pencil questionnaires). Consequently, the SOEP-Pretests were particularly useful to test experimental designs. Second, whereas in the main survey all members of a household from the age 16 on are interviewed, the SOEP-Pretests were arranged in a much simpler fashion: there was one questionnaire to be filled out by one member of a household. The pretest sample is not related to the main survey, meaning that these respondents are not part of the panel study. The interviews of the SOEP-Pretests were usually conducted in the period from August 1st to 31st. Normally, the duration of a single interview was about 45 minutes.
Information about the thematic priority of each pretest will follow.
Label: SOEP Pretests
|pre_2007_1||Personality and health. Pretest January, February, March||none||2007||none|
|pre_2009||Consumer Spending and Budgeting||none||2009||none|
|pre_2004_online||Pilot study 2004, Pretest online||none||2004||none|
|pre_2007_2||Private life and community. Pretest online survey||none||2007||none|
|pre_2010||Social Networks, Economic Job Search Theory||none||2010||none|
|pre_2005_1||Personality and daily routine. Behavioral experiments. Pretest June, Random||none||2005||none|
|pre_2007_muki_a||Pretest Mother and Child IIIa. Your preschool-aged child||none||2007||none|
|pre_2011||Gender, personality and social inequality||none||2011||none|
|pre_2005_2||Retest July. Personality and daily routine.||none||2005||none|
|pre_2008||CAPI - Pretest - Summer 2008||none||2008||none|
|pre_2005_youth||"Youth" Questionnaire and cognitive test. Pretest for SOEP 2006.||none||2005||none|
|pre_2008_muki_b||Pretest Mother and Child IIIb. Your child aged 5 or 6. Competence and behavior test with pre-school aged children and survey terms||none||2008||none|
|pre_2006||Personality and community. Pretest June, Random.||none||2006||none|
|pre_2008_muki_c||Pretest Mother and Child IIIc. Your child aged 5 or 6.||none||2008||none|