Response Styles Across Cultures: What Do We Know?

Fons J. R. van de Vijver
23.11.2016, GESIS Mannheim (B2,8 rechts), 13:45

The comparative study of response styles has a long history. Still, there is no uniform conceptualization of the field, nor is there a common set of operationalizations or recommendations as to how to deal with response styles in cross-cultural studies. In the presentation I will (a) review studies in which all commonly studied response styles are integrated in a single style; (b) describe some mixed-methods studies that highlight the complex nature of response styles; (c) provide an overview of procedures to deal with response styles such as ipsatization and anchoring vignettes. It will be argued that in self-reports response styles should be viewed as part and parcel of the response process and not as an auxiliary trait that can be easily controlled by statistical modeling and that the influence of score corrections can be easily overrated.

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Fons van de Vijver (1952) has studied psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. from the same university.  He holds a chair in cross-cultural psychology at Tilburg University, the Netherlands and an extraordinary chair at North-West University, South Africa, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He has (co-)authored over 450 publications, mainly in the domain of cross-cultural psychology. He is the former editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and serves on the board of various journals; he has evaluated manuscripts for about 125 journals as ad-hoc reviewer. He has been vice-dean for research and vice-dean for education of his faculty and vice-director of Babylon, the interdisciplinary research center for studies of multicultural societies at Tilburg University.  He is a former president of Division 2 (Assessment and Evaluation) of the International Association of Applied Psychology, the European Association of Psychological Assessment, and President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.He is the 2013 recipient of the International Award of the American Psychological Association (for his contributions to international cooperation and to the advancement of knowledge of psychology) and the 2014 recipient of the IAAP Fellows Award (of the International Association of Applied Psychology for contributions to applied psychology) and the 2014 Sindbad Award of the Dutch Psychological Association (for his contributions to intercultural psychology).