253834 Father Recruitment and Retention in Longitudinal Research: A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

Monday, October 31, 2011: 12:45 PM

Nancy Weinfield, PhD , Health Studies, Westat, Rockville, MD
This presentation will describe a literature analysis that examined recruitment and retention data and procedures from longitudinal studies that included fathers, focusing both on pitfalls and pathways to success. We identified relevant studies; calculated and examined recruitment and retention rates for fathers; ranked studies on their effectiveness in these areas; and explored practices associated with effectiveness. Ultimately, effective studies reach out to fathers personally, value fathers' time, and employ sophisticated methods to track and engage participants. These findings are being used to develop formative research, whose results will guide the NCS Main Study.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe different methods for recruiting and retaining fathers that have been used in longitudinal research 2. Identify practices associated with successful father recruitment and retention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am a researcher who conducts and supports studies on health and emotional well-being, with a focus on family functioning.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.