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ERIC Number: EJ857822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2379
Influence of Skip Patterns on Item Non-Response in a Substance Use Survey of 7th to 12th Grade Students
Ding, Kele; Olds, R. Scott; Thombs, Dennis L.
Journal of Drug Education, v39 n2 p167-180 2009
This retrospective case study assessed the influence of item non-response error on subsequent response to questionnaire items assessing adolescent alcohol and marijuana use. Post-hoc analyses were conducted on survey results obtained from 4,371 7th to 12th grade students in Ohio in 2005. A skip pattern design in a conventional questionnaire appeared to increase nonresponse error rates at first introduction. In previous cigarette users, these errors were associated with under-reporting of alcohol and marijuana use on subsequent questions. These effects were less prevalent in high-achieving students. Skip patterns can contribute to substantial underestimation of alcohol and marijuana use in adolescents. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio