Problems and pitfalls of retrospective survey questions in COVID-19 studies

  • Lena Hipp WZB Berlin Social Science Center, University of Potsdam
  • Mareike Bünning WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • Stefan Munnes WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • Armin Sauermann WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Keywords: retrospective questions, recall accuracy, COVID-19

Abstract

This paper examines and discusses the biases and pitfalls of retrospective survey questions that are currently being used in many medical, epidemiological, and sociological studies on the COVID-19 pandemic. By analyzing the consistency of answers to retrospective questions provided by respondents who participated in the first two waves of a survey on the social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we illustrate the insights generated by a large body of survey research on the use of retrospective questions and recall accuracy.
Published
2020-06-02
How to Cite
Hipp, L., Bünning, M., Munnes, S., & Sauermann, A. (2020). Problems and pitfalls of retrospective survey questions in COVID-19 studies. Survey Research Methods, 14(2), 109-114. https://doi.org/10.18148/srm/2020.v14i2.7741