The Impact of Personality on Participation Decisions in Surveys

A Contribution to the Discussion on Unit Nonresponse

  • Denise Saßenroth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-16
  2. Denise Saßenroth
    Pages 17-21
  3. Denise Saßenroth
    Pages 23-63
  4. Denise Saßenroth
    Pages 161-165
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-192

About this book


Increasing nonresponse rates in surveys are a matter of concern internationally, as low response rates put the quality of survey data into question. The risk of biased data is high if nonrespondents differ significantly from respondents. In arguing that sample persons’ personality traits are decisive in survey participation decisions, Denise Saßenroth investigates the mechanisms causing increasing nonresponse rates. Based on a modification of the Social Isolation Hypothesis, she analyses the impact of sample persons’ personality on participation decisions with data from the German General Social Survey and the LISS Panel from the Netherlands.



·         Survey Nonresponse

·         Sample Persons’ Personality and Survey Refusals

·         Personality Effects on Participation in the GGSS (ALLBUS)

·         Personality Effects on Participation in the LISS Panel


Target Groups

·         Researchers and students in the field of the social sciences

·         Survey practitioners



Dr. Denise Saßenroth is a social scientist and research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).


Big 5 Personality Traits Loneliness Nonresponse Social Isolation Hypothesis Survey Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Denise Saßenroth
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-01780-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-01781-1
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