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ERIC Number: EJ792749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1055-6699
Mail Survey Return Rates Published in Health Education Journals: An Issue of External Validity
Price, James H.; Murnan, Judy; Dake, Joseph A.; Dimmig, Jaime; Hayes, Mary
American Journal of Health Education, v35 n1 p19-23 Jan-Feb 2004
This study assessed mail survey return rates published in seven general health education journals for the 13-year period, 1990-2002: "American Journal of Health Behavior," "American Journal of Health Education," "American Journal of Health Promotion," "Health Education & Behavior," "Health Education Research," "Journal of American College Health," and the "Journal of School Health." A significant difference in mail survey return rates across the seven journals was found. Also, published mail survey return rates significantly increased from 1990-1995 (M = 61.8%) to 1997-2002 (M = 65.5%). All of the journals had published a noteworthy percentage (10-26%) of their mailed survey research studies with return rates of less than 50%. Finally, there was not a significant association between sample size and return rates of published mail survey studies. Researchers reporting mail survey research results in health education journals should expect to have return rates of 60% or greater. Yet, such return rates may still be considered a significant threat to the external validity of the findings. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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