Openended questions at the end

As discussed in Section 2.5, if we include real open-ended questions that require substantial and creative writing, it is preferable to place them near the end rather than at the beginning of the questionnaire. In this way, their potential negative consequences (e.g., the required work can put some people off; others might get bogged down and spend most of the available time and mental energy agonizing over what they should write) will not affect the previous items. In addition, some people find it psychologically more acceptable to put in the necessary work if they have already invested in the questionnaire and if they know that this is the final task.

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