How to provide the same set of instructions for entire sets of questions 🔗

When a set of questions requires the same set of instructions associated with them (e.g., "Please indicate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statement:"), then we recommend making use of the *maintain keyword. This will save you from having to place the instructions in multiple places (in a series of questions that need to have the same instructions).

Once you've finished all of the questions for which that set of instructions applies, you can then use *clear to clear the instructions from the screen.

Good repetition example 🔗

Here is a good example of how to use the *maintain keyword:

*maintain: Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement.

*question: I am hard to satisfy.

*question: I sympathize with others' feelings.

*question: I neglect my duties.

*clear

Bad repetition example 🔗

Here's a bad example of repeated *header lines (instead of using *maintain to display the instructions before each question):

*header: Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement.

*question: I am hard to satisfy.

*header: Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement.

*question: I sympathize with others' feelings.

*header: Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following statement.

*question: I neglect my duties.

The above example contains unnecessary repetition.


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