The question below appeared in a survey asking autistic adolescents if they have experienced any form of bullying victimization.
“How often do other kids gossip or say mean things about you when you are not around?”
The researcher reported that autistic adolescents were confused by this question and sought clarification. Pretty obvious what’s causing the confusion, isn’t it? I’m surprised none of the researchers noticed it. Sometimes a researcher’s ‘logic’ is hard to understand. The best practice would be to engage autistic individuals in the research process and have them test the survey before it was rolled-out. In any case, it is important to test a survey before it is rolled-out, I hate surveys with questions that make no sense or are unclear. However, I have to give credit to the researchers for reporting this in their article although it’s a shame they didn’t clarify what they meant by the question.
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