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ERIC Number: EJ1143268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Implementation of a Computerized Tablet-Survey in an Adolescent Large-Scale, School-Based Study
Delk, Joanne; Harrell, Melissa B.; Fakhouri, Tala H. I.; Muir, Katelyn A.; Perry, Cheryl L.
Journal of School Health, v87 n7 p506-512 Jul 2017
Background: Computerized surveys present many advantages over paper surveys. However, school-based adolescent research questionnaires still mainly rely on paper-and-pencil surveys as access to computers in schools is often not practical. Tablet-assisted self-interviews (TASI) present a possible solution, but their use is largely untested. This paper presents a method for and our experiences with implementing a TASI in a school setting. Methods: A TASI was administered to 3907 middle and high school students from 79 schools. The survey assessed use of tobacco products and exposure to tobacco marketing. To assess in-depth tobacco use behaviors, the TASI employed extensive skip patterns to reduce the number of not-applicable questions that nontobacco users received. Pictures were added to help respondents identify the tobacco products they were being queried about. Results: Students were receptive to the tablets and required no instructions in their use. None were lost, stolen, or broken. Item nonresponse, unanswered questions, was a pre-administration concern; however, 92% of participants answered 96% or more of the questions. Conclusions: This method was feasible and successful among a diverse population of students and schools. It generated a unique dataset of in-depth tobacco use behaviors that would not have been possible through a paper-and-pencil survey.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (NIH); US Department of Health and Human Services; Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (DHHS/PHS), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: P50CA18090601