Title

Insights and recommendations for recruitment and retention of low socio-economic parents with overweight children

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business

RAS ID

21593

Comments

This article was originally published as: Pescud M., Pettigrew S., Wood L., Henley N. (2014). Insights and recommendations for recruitment and retention of low socio-economic parents with overweight children. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Original article available here

Abstract

Low socio-economic groups are typically difficult to recruit and retain in health research, which makes it difficult to investigate their health-related beliefs and behaviours. Low socio-economic parents with overweight or obese children took part in a longitudinal qualitative child obesity study over 12 months. These parents' views of and recommendations for appropriate recruitment and retention strategies are reported. Their interpretations and suggestions are considered in the light of the difficulties that were experienced in designing the study to meet their needs and the approaches that were found to be more effective in achieving and maintaining a viable study cohort. Relevant aspects of recruitment included remuneration, recruitment locations and the use of appropriate weight-related terminology. Retention factors included protocol flexibility, ongoing remuneration and learning opportunities. Barriers to ongoing participation are also discussed. Suggestions are provided for future qualitative research with low socio-economic families.

DOI

10.1080/13645579.2014.931201

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