Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Quantitative Research

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2895

Definition

Quantitative research studies aim to quantify attitudes or behaviors, measure variables on which they hinge, compare, and point out correlations. They are most often conducted via a survey on a sampling that must be representative so that the results can be extrapolated to the entire population studied. It requires the development of standardized and codifiable measurement instruments (i. e. structured questionnaires).

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