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A comparison of methods to obtain active parental consent for an international student survey

McMorris, Barbara J., Clements, Jackie, Evans-Whipp, Tracy, Gangnes, Danielle, Bond, Lyndal, Toumbourou, John and Catalano, Richard 2004, A comparison of methods to obtain active parental consent for an international student survey, Evaluation review: a journal of applied social research, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 64-83, doi: 10.1177/0193841X03257532.

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Title A comparison of methods to obtain active parental consent for an international student survey
Author(s) McMorris, Barbara J.
Clements, Jackie
Evans-Whipp, Tracy
Gangnes, Danielle
Bond, Lyndal
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Catalano, Richard
Journal name Evaluation review: a journal of applied social research
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 64
End page 83
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0193-841X
Keyword(s) active parent consent
random assignment
student participation
surveys
Summary Many school-based research efforts require active parental consent for student participation. Maximizing rates of consent form return and agreement is an important issue, because sample representativeness may be compromised when these rates are low. This article compares two methods for obtaining active parental consent: return of consent forms in the mail versus return by students to their classrooms. The methods were tested in a pilot study of 46 schools (1,058 students), with half of the schools randomly allocated to each of the alternative methods. A hierarchical nonlinear model of consent form return and agreement rates suggests that the student delivered method is more successful at producing higher rates of consent form return and agreement to participate in the study, after controlling for school-level characteristics. The authors discuss the findings and their implications for other researchers engaged in school-based research with adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0193841X03257532
Field of Research 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009254

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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