(noun) Any individual that answers questions during an interview or replies to a survey.
- Citizens responding to an annual census.
- Students filling out course evaluations at the end of a semester.
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- Plural: respondents
- A type of ascribed status and individual.
- The terms respondent and informant are often used interchangeably; however they are separate terms. Respondent connotes quantitative research and informant connotes qualitative research.
- A respondent (verb) responds to questions and is a (noun) responder.
- Qualitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Quantitative Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “respondent” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Morse, Janice M. 1991. “Subjects, Respondents, Informants, and Participants?” Qualitative Health Research 1(4):403–406. doi:10.1177/104973239100100401.
- qualitative research
- quantitative research
- statistical analysis
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How to Cite the Definition of Respondent
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “respondent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
respondent. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “respondent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“respondent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/respondent/>.