Adapting Quantitative Survey Procedures : the Price for Assessing Vulnerability ? Lessons from a Large-Scale Survey on Aging and Migration in Switzerland

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Title
Adapting Quantitative Survey Procedures : the Price for Assessing Vulnerability ? Lessons from a Large-Scale Survey on Aging and Migration in Switzerland
Title of the book
Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course
Author(s)
Kaeser L.
Publisher
Springer
Address of publication
New York
ISBN
978-3-319-24157-9
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2016
Editor
Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst Staehli M.
Series
Life Course Research and Social Policies
Chapter
3
Pages
65-85
Language
english
Abstract
This chapter aims at understanding the issues of capturing vulnerable populations in large-scale quantitative surveys. A dilemma in survey construction arises when a target vulnerable population to be analyzed cannot be reached using standard survey designs. Indeed, adapting standard procedures may improve access to the targeted vulnerable population; however, these changes may lead to inaccurate comparisons with other population samples. To address this issue, this chapter deals with the data collection process of the large-scale survey on aging Vivre/Leben/Vivere: Old Age Democratization? Progress and Inequalities in Switzerland (VLV). It highlights the need to adjust standard procedures of a quantitative survey to access elderly migrants and the impact of doing so. Results show the need for a constant dialogue between the scientific requirements and realities of fieldwork to avoid an under-representation in surveys. Finally, providing resources to assess vulnerability is not only a methodological engagement; this is also a major social issue about giving a voice to the voiceless.
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