Brief Report

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 773-778

Recruiting Men Who Have Sex With Men on Craigslist.org for Face-to-Face Assessments: Implications for Research

  • Christian GrovAffiliated withDepartment of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY)Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College Email author 
  • , Ana VentuneacAffiliated withCenter for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)
  • , H. Jonathon RendinaAffiliated withCenter for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)Basic and Applied Social Psychology Doctoral Program, Graduate Center of CUNY
  • , Ruben H. JimenezAffiliated withCenter for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)
  • , Jeffrey T. ParsonsAffiliated withCenter for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter CollegeBasic and Applied Social Psychology Doctoral Program, Graduate Center of CUNYHealth Psychology Doctoral Program, Graduate Center of CUNYDepartment of Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY

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Abstract

We adapted time–space sampling to enroll men who have sex with men (MSM) off Craigslist.org for face-to-face interviews. Men responding to our ads (n = 322) were instructed to either complete an online pre-screening survey (to determine preliminary eligibility) or call our office directly. Of those taking further initiative to enroll, 29 % (n = 41) called directly and 71 % (n = 101) opted to first complete the online survey. Participants scheduled via online pre-screening were more likely to present for their face-to-face assessment than men deemed eligible directly via phone screening (72.3 vs. 47.1 %). Online pre-screening was a useful tool to offer potential participants when recruiting on Craigslist and improved study enrollment.

Resumen

Hemos adaptado un muestreo de “time–space” con el propósito de inscribir a hombres que tienen sexo con hombres (HSH) usando Craigslist.org, para hacer entrevistas en persona. Los hombres que respondieron a nuestros anuncios (n = 322) fueron instruidos a completar una encuesta por internet, que ayudaría a determinar la elegibilidad preliminar, o llamar directamente a nuestra oficina. De los que tomaron la iniciativa de inscribirse, 29 % (n = 41) nos llamaron directamente y 71 % (n = 101) decidieron en completar la encuesta por internet. Los participantes programados para una cita usando la encuesta por internet fueron más propensos a presentarse para su entrevista en persona que los hombres considerados elegibles directamente por la entrevista de teléfono (72,3 vs 47,1 %). Usando la encuesta por internet fue una herramienta útil de ofrecer a los posibles participantes al reclutar por Craigslist.org y también fue algo que aumento inscripción a esta investigación.

Keywords

Time–space sampling Men who have sex with men (MSM) Recruitment Craigslist.org