Does the Survey Mode Affect the Association Between Subjective Well-being and its Determinants? An Experimental Comparison Between Face-to-Face and Web Mode

Giorgio Piccitto*, Aart C. Liefbroer, Tom Emery

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Abstract

Subjective well-being research increasingly uses web surveys to understand how subjective well-being indicators are related to other concepts of interest. Although we know that mean scores on these indicators may differ between modes, we know little about whether a move to web will influence the conclusions we draw about our conceptual models. This study uses data from a unique mixed-mode survey collected in Croatia and Germany as part of the Generations and Gender Programme to examine whether the relationships between a range of subjective well-being indicators and a set of objective and subjective determinants differ between respondents answering these questions in face-to-face or web mode. Although respondents report lower subjective well-being in web than in face-to-face mode, the relationships between these variables and a range of objective and subjective indicators are relatively stable across modes. This suggests that substantive conclusions about antecedents of subjective well-being do not depend on whether data are collected via a face-to-face interview or through web survey.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3441-3461
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The GGP Pilot was funded through the Horizon 2020-project ‘Generations & Gender Programme: Evaluate, Plan and Initiate (GGP EPI)’(Grant Agreement No 739511). We greatly benefitted from the comments by the GGP Pilot team, Martijn Hendriks and the three anonymous reviewers.

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