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Developing Recruitment Methods for Vulnerable, Traumatized Adolescents: A Feminist Evaluation Approach

NCJ Number
246448
Journal
American Journal of Evaluation Volume: 35 Issue: 1 Dated: March 2014 Pages: 73-86
Author(s)
Rebecca Campbell; Megan R. Greeson; Giannina Fehler-Cabral
Date Published
March 2014
Length
14 pages
Annotation

This article describes the process by which the authors created a recruitment protocol for engaging adolescent sexual assault victims in a qualitative evaluation study.

Abstract

This article describes the process by which the authors created a recruitment protocol for engaging adolescent sexual assault victims in a qualitative evaluation study. Working in collaboration with forensic nurses, rape victim advocates, adolescent rape survivors, and our institutional review board (IRB), the authors created a prospective recruitment method whereby adolescent victims were given information about the evaluation project at the time of post-assault treatment services, but data collection was deferred until the trauma of the assault had a chance to diminish. In-person qualitative interviews were conducted with 25 clients at the treatment programs approximately 10 weeks after the assault. Although we recruited only a small number of youth (21 percent of the eligible sample), the methods were sufficient to achieve saturation, and comparisons to the agencies' quantitative records suggest that the interview sample was not different from program population norms. The authors examine why some teens chose not to participate and provide recommendations for recruiting hard-to-find, vulnerable, and/or traumatized adolescent populations. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.

Date Published: March 1, 2014