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ERIC Number: EJ1185092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-822X
Are Sexual Minorities Less Likely to Participate in Surveys? An Examination of Proxy Nonresponse Measures and Associated Biases with Sexual Orientation in a Population-Based Health Survey
Lee, Sunghee; Fredriksen-Goldsen, Karen I.; McClain, Colleen; Kim, Hyun-Jun; Suzer-Gurtekin, Z. Tuba
Field Methods, v30 n3 p208-224 Aug 2018
One of the implicit assumptions in survey research is lower response rates by sexual minorities than by nonminorities. With rapidly changing public attitudes toward same-sex marriage, we reconsider this assumption. We used data from the 2013 and 2014 National Health Interview Survey that include contact history data for all sample families as well as sexual orientation information about adults sampled from responding families. We created proxy nonresponse indicators based on contact efforts and reluctance from contact history data and linked them to sexual orientation of the sample adult and simulated nonresponse. The data did not support the assumption: Straight adults were more difficult to get cooperation from than nonstraights. With female sexual minorities showing higher nonresponse than their male counterparts, special considerations are required. Replication analyses may provide insights into what factors influence study participation decisions, which will inform how nonresponse may impact the accuracy of research findings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Health Interview Survey
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01AG02652603A1