Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

499

Date

2012

Date of Award

1-10-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Psychology

Concentration

Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

William O. Dwyer

Committee Member

William H. Zachry

Committee Member

Leslie A. Robinson

Committee Member

George E. Relyea

Abstract

The current study focused on four reasons of passive nonresponse due to noncontact, on-leave, high workload, and technical constrains. Different types of nonrespondents were compared to active nonrespondents and respondents to assess the potential different impacts of nonresponse bias reflected accordingly. Relevant literature was reviewed and hypotheses regarding the mean response comparison of core survey items and organizational attitudes were tested. Data collected from 1,333 military personnel in an initial survey and 605 personnel in its follow-up survey suggested that different types of passive nonrespondents may introduce various degree of nonresponse bias and thus pasive nonresponse should be viewed as a multi-dimensional variable. Contributions, implications, and limitations of the results are discussed.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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