Attrition in the Austrian Generations and Gender Survey

Isabella Buber-Ennser

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung

Abstract

BACKGROUND
In longitudinal research the loss of sample members between waves is a possible source of bias. It is therefore crucial to analyse attrition.
OBJECTIVE
This paper analyses attrition in a longitudinal study on family and fertility, by distinguishing between attrition due to non-contact and attrition due to non-cooperation.
METHODS
Based on the first two waves of the Austrian Generations and Gender Survey, the two components of attrition are studied separately by using bivariate as well as multivariate methods. Moreover, overall dropout - the combination of both components - is analysed. Apart from various socio-economic characteristics and data collection information, the study focuses on fertility-relevant variables such as fecundity, fertility intentions, sexual orientation, and traditional attitudes. RESULTS
Fecundity, fertility intentions, and homosexual relationships are associated with higher attrition due to non-cooperation in bivariate analyses, but have no explanatory power in
the multivariate model. Pregnancy and traditional attitudes towards marriage are associated with significantly lower attrition due to non-cooperation in the multivariate context. Overall dropout is significantly lower only among persons with traditional
attitudes towards marriage, although small in size and statistical significance. Moreover, various individual and regional characteristics are significantly associated with dropout, with differences between attrition due to non-contact and attrition due to non-cooperation.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)459-496
FachzeitschriftDemographic Research
Jahrgang31
Ausgabenummer16
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2014
Extern publiziertJa

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