Innovative Retention Methods in Longitudinal Research: A Case Study of the Developmental Trends Study
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Minimizing participant attrition is vital to the success of longitudinal research. The Developmental Trends Study (DTS), a longitudinal study of the development of disruptive behavior disorders, has achieved a low attrition rate throughout the study. The development of early retention strategies, managing contact and scheduling history through the use of electronic databases, interviewer persistence, and the emergence of new electronic search methods have contributed to the success of our study. A literature review of retention methodology and practical solutions to maintain participant cooperation is described. A case study of the DTS is presented to inform researchers in longitudinal research on new methods used to maintain high retention rates.
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- Innovative Retention Methods in Longitudinal Research: A Case Study of the Developmental Trends Study
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Volume 11, Issue 4 , pp 485-498
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- subject retention
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- difficult subjects
- longitudinal research
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- 1. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- 2. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- 3. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Epidemiology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
- 4. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA