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Chapter 8

chapter 8 notes for HLTA10

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Department
Health Studies
Course Code
HLTB15H3
Professor
Caroline Barakat
Chapter
8

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Health Studies
Section 3; Chapter 8.1
Survey Methods
The Survey
Social surveys aim to measure attitudes, knowledge and behavior and to collect
information as accurately and precisely as possible
Descriptive surveys describe populations, study associations between variables, and
establish trends
Longitudinal surveys are conducted more than once
oAim to analyze cause and effect relationships
Survey is a method of collecting information, from a sample of the population of
interest usually by personal interviews, postal or other self-completion questionnaire
methods, or diaries
Descriptive and Analytic Surveys
Descriptive
oCan be designed to measure certain phenomena (events, behavior, attitudes)
in the population of interest
oInformation is collected from a sample population of interest and descriptive
measured are calculated
oCan be known as cross-sectional
Analytic
oAims to investigate causal associations between variables
oKnown as longitudinal surveys and are carried out at more than one point in
time
Objectives of surveys
oTo estimate certain population parameters
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