ERIC Number: EJ729509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Recruiting and Retaining an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Older Adults in a Longitudinal Intervention Study
Austin-Wells, Vonnette; McDougall, Graham J.; Becker, Heather
Educational Gerontology, v32 n2 p159-170 Feb 2006
This paper describes strategies developed to recruit and retain an ethnically diverse sample in a longitudinal intervention of 246 participants in the SeniorWISE study. The ethnic and socioeconomic differences of these participants necessitated the use of different methods of effectively communicating with this population. Recruitment benefited from the use of focus groups, media attention, and personal appearances in the community. Educational strategies included modification of language and examples. Testing sessions were called interviews, and team members were available to answer questions and to read the instruments to participants, when desired. Participants were sent birthday cards and a monthly newsletter. The study is 90% completed.
Descriptors: Recruitment, Intervention, Educational Strategies, Focus Groups, Older Adults, Longitudinal Studies, Ethnic Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Sampling, Cultural Influences, Research Methodology, Memory, Aging (Individuals), Health Promotion, Mass Media
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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