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Non-participation in epidemiological school-based surveys: using mixed methods to study predictors and modes of justification for (non-)participation at the school level


Dey, Michelle; Marti, Laurent; Helbling, Laura Alexandra; Jorm, Anthony Francis (2021). Non-participation in epidemiological school-based surveys: using mixed methods to study predictors and modes of justification for (non-)participation at the school level. International Journal of Social Research Methodology:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

Response rates in epidemiological studies have generally been decreasing over the past decades. However, when the target group consists of adolescents and young adults, school-based surveys have hitherto been able to mitigate this problem: This age group can be reached relatively easy in the school context (e.g., as compared to reaching them by phone) with very low refusal rates at the student level. However, the present study used a mixed-methods approach and suggests that schools at the organizational level have meanwhile become the problematic bottleneck for school-based surveys, as they increasingly reject requests for study participation. The current article provides insights into promising means for counteracting this trend. Researchers are advised to offer flexible timeframes for schools’ participation and to involve institutional gatekeepers who are endorsing their study. Furthermore, researchers, funding agencies, and schools would benefit from joint regional survey coordination systems. Such means will be crucial for the representativeness of future school-based epidemiological surveys.

Abstract

Response rates in epidemiological studies have generally been decreasing over the past decades. However, when the target group consists of adolescents and young adults, school-based surveys have hitherto been able to mitigate this problem: This age group can be reached relatively easy in the school context (e.g., as compared to reaching them by phone) with very low refusal rates at the student level. However, the present study used a mixed-methods approach and suggests that schools at the organizational level have meanwhile become the problematic bottleneck for school-based surveys, as they increasingly reject requests for study participation. The current article provides insights into promising means for counteracting this trend. Researchers are advised to offer flexible timeframes for schools’ participation and to involve institutional gatekeepers who are endorsing their study. Furthermore, researchers, funding agencies, and schools would benefit from joint regional survey coordination systems. Such means will be crucial for the representativeness of future school-based epidemiological surveys.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:6 January 2021
Deposited On:14 Jan 2021 15:46
Last Modified:14 Jan 2021 15:46
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1364-5579
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1864088

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