"What else are you worried about?" – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Age groups
      Biology and life sciences
      Children
      Economics
      Europe
      Families
      Finance
      Geographical locations
      Germany
      People and places
      Personality
      Personality traits
      Population groupings
      Psychology
      Questionnaires
      Research and analysis methods
      Research Article
      Research design
      Social sciences
      Survey research
      Surveys
    • NAICS/Industry Codes:
      541720 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Abstract:
      Open-ended questions have routinely been included in large-scale survey and panel studies, yet there is some perplexity about how to actually incorporate the answers to such questions into quantitative social science research. Tools developed recently in the domain of natural language processing offer a wide range of options for the automated analysis of such textual data, but their implementation has lagged behind. In this study, we demonstrate straightforward procedures that can be applied to process and analyze textual data for the purposes of quantitative social science research. Using more than 35,000 textual answers to the question “What else are you worried about?” from participants of the German Socio-economic Panel Study (SOEP), we (1) analyzed characteristics of respondents that determined whether they answered the open-ended question, (2) used the textual data to detect relevant topics that were reported by the respondents, and (3) linked the features of the respondents to the worries they reported in their textual data. The potential uses as well as the limitations of the automated analysis of textual data are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Department of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
      2German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, Germany
      3Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
      4AKSW, Institute for Applied Informatics, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
      5Berlin University of Technology, Berlin, Germany
    • ISSN:
      1932-6203
    • Accession Number:
      10.1371/journal.pone.0182156
    • Accession Number:
      124388873
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      ROHRER, J. M. et al. “What else are you worried about?” – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research. PLoS ONE, [s. l.], v. 12, n. 7, p. 1–34, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 20 ago. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Rohrer JM, Brümmer M, Schmukle SC, Goebel J, Wagner GG. “What else are you worried about?” – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research. PLoS ONE. 2017;12(7):1-34. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182156.
    • APA:
      Rohrer, J. M., Brümmer, M., Schmukle, S. C., Goebel, J., & Wagner, G. G. (2017). “What else are you worried about?” – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research. PLoS ONE, 12(7), 1–34. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182156
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Rohrer, Julia M., Martin Brümmer, Stefan C. Schmukle, Jan Goebel, and Gert G. Wagner. 2017. “‘What Else Are You Worried about?’ – Integrating Textual Responses into Quantitative Social Science Research.” PLoS ONE 12 (7): 1–34. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182156.
    • Harvard:
      Rohrer, J. M. et al. (2017) ‘“What else are you worried about?” – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research’, PLoS ONE, 12(7), pp. 1–34. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182156.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Rohrer, JM, Brümmer, M, Schmukle, SC, Goebel, J & Wagner, GG 2017, ‘“What else are you worried about?” – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research’, PLoS ONE, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 1–34, viewed 20 August 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Rohrer, Julia M., et al. “‘What Else Are You Worried about?’ – Integrating Textual Responses into Quantitative Social Science Research.” PLoS ONE, vol. 12, no. 7, July 2017, pp. 1–34. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182156.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Rohrer, Julia M., Martin Brümmer, Stefan C. Schmukle, Jan Goebel, and Gert G. Wagner. “‘What Else Are You Worried about?’ – Integrating Textual Responses into Quantitative Social Science Research.” PLoS ONE 12, no. 7 (July 31, 2017): 1–34. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0182156.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Rohrer JM, Brümmer M, Schmukle SC, Goebel J, Wagner GG. “What else are you worried about?” – Integrating textual responses into quantitative social science research. PLoS ONE [Internet]. 2017 Jul 31 [cited 2019 Aug 20];12(7):1–34. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=124388873&custid=s8280428