Journal article

Non-participation in epidemiological school-based surveys: using mixed methods to study predictors and modes of justification for (non-)participation at the school level

Michelle Dey, Laurent Marti, Laura Alexandra Helbling, Anthony Francis Jorm

International Journal of Social Research Methodology | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021


Response rates in epidemiological studies have generally been decreasing over the past decades. However, when the target group consists of adolescents and young adults, school-based surveys have hitherto been able to mitigate this problem: This age group can be reached relatively easy in the school context (e.g., as compared to reaching them by phone) with very low refusal rates at the student level. However, the present study used a mixed-methods approach and suggests that schools at the organizational level have meanwhile become the problematic bottleneck for school-based surveys, as they increasingly reject requests for study participation. The current article provides insights into promi..

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Awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

The `Swiss Youth Mental Health Literacy and Stigma Survey' was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant number: 10001C_173235). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.