Journal article

Design and methods of the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships

Juliet Richters, Paul B Badcock, Judy M Simpson, David Shellard, Chris Rissel, Richard O de Visser, Andrew E Grulich, Anthony MA Smith



UNLABELLED: Background This paper describes the methods and process of the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships. METHODS: A representative sample of the Australian population was contacted by landline and mobile phone modified random-digit dialling in 2012-13. Computer-assisted telephone interviews elicited sociodemographic and health details as well as sexual behaviour and attitudes. For analysis, the sample was weighted to reflect the study design and further weighted to reflect the location, age and sex distribution of the population at the 2011 Census. RESULTS: Interviews were completed with 9963 men and 10131 women aged 16-69 years from all states and territories. The ove..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (project grant 1002174). We are indebted to the staff of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation for undertaking the interviews and managing data collection, and to the Social Research Centre for producing weights for the data. We also thank the 21 139 Australians who took part in the two phases of the project and so freely shared the sometimes intimate aspects of their lives. Professor Anthony Smith died during the course of this project and we intend this work to be a tribute to, and further example of, the extraordinary contribution his work has made to the sexual health and wellbeing of Australians.