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Sub-questions

If presented with a sub-question situation (see Example 6) then you must concatenate the question literal to produce the most concise method of documenting the question and provide the essential contextual information. The question literal should be made up of the common text for all questions followed by the sub-question text.

You can see from Example 6, the question literal here is, "How would you assess the health of your child nowadays?" and concatenate texts "in the past month" and "in the past year", to produce the two seperate question items. The response domain will be the four categories you can select in how to answer "1 - very healthy; 2- healthy, but a few minor problems; 3 sometimes quite ill; 4 almost always unwell". The catergories in the response domain have a numerical value linked to each, indicating a code list, and therefore the literal text be recognized as a question item. This flags up an important principle, not be seduced by the presentation of the question, but how you interpret the information presented following our entry guidlines, as Example 6 could wrongfully be misintereped as a grid (lacks 25 word count, etc). 

In Archivist we have replicated question A1, with two question items, labelled "qi_A1_i", and "qi_A1_ii".

The alternative to a question item is a Question Grids, which is used to enter more complex question situations. See Questions for information about how to decide between a Question Item and a Question Grid.

Example 6 Questionnaire: ALSPAC My Son / Daughter's Health & Behaviour

Questionnaire layout:

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Archivist view (alspac_94_msdhab):

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