ERIC Number: EJ1093881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Reaching a Representative Sample of College Students: A Comparative Analysis
Giovenco, Daniel P.; Gundersen, Daniel A.; Delnevo, Cristine D.
Journal of American College Health, v64 n3 p262-267 2016
Objective: To explore the feasibility of a random-digit dial (RDD) cellular phone survey in order to reach a national and representative sample of college students. Methods: Demographic distributions from the 2011 National Young Adult Health Survey (NYAHS) were benchmarked against enrollment numbers from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS). The sample quality was compared with the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (1993), National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (1995), and National College Health Assessment (2011). Results: Overall, the NYAHS performed as well, if not better, than previous college health surveys at reaching important demographic subgroups. Conclusions: Cellular phone RDD is one feasible approach for studies of the general population of college students that can potentially generate national estimates of health behavior.
Descriptors: College Students, Sampling, Sample Size, Comparative Analysis, Feasibility Studies, Student Surveys, Telephone Surveys, National Surveys, Benchmarking, Enrollment Rate, Health Behavior, Demography, Young Adults, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: R01CA149705