ERIC Number: ED257013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Assessment as a Procedure for Recruiting Representative Marital Samples.
Krokoff, Lowell Jay
Most of the observational study of marriage has focused on relatively young and highly educated couples from professional backgrounds; working-class couples, older couples, and couples from distressed marriages seem reluctant to volunteer for research on close relationships. The development of techniques for recruiting these couples represents an important methodological problem that must be overcome in order to extend the observational study of marriage across social class and family life cycle dimensions. Satisfied and dissatisfied married couples (N=120 couples) from blue- and white-collar social classes were recruited for an observational study of marriage. A three-stage recruitment procedure was used which involved a random telephone survey of wives; letters to wives describing the nature of the study; and, finally, home visits which involved both husbands and wives and which focused on subjects' apprehensions about the research. Couples who were still apprehensive following the home visit were given the opportunity to sample the first part of the study, the oral history interview. Financial incentives, and researcher persistence and willingness to accommodate subjects were also used in recruitment. No statistically meaningful sampling biases were found due to the differential dropout of couples throughout the recruitment process. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984). For related research, see CG 018 234.