Recruiting and enrolling pregnant adolescents for research

Margaret M. Kaiser, Bevely J. Hays

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Difficulty obtaining a sample is not justification for failure to study a hard-to-enroll population, particularly a vulnerable population such as pregnant adolescents. Recruitment of a representative, adequate sample of pregnant adolescents for a recent instrument development study provided multiple challenges. Although carefully developed, the sampling plan required several modifications to achieve the sample (n = 145). Those challenges and the ensuing modifications to the sampling plan are discussed in relation to (a) access / institutional concerns, (b) the human subject's protection considerations, and (c) developmental / personal concerns of the pregnant adolescents. Recommendations for sampling strategies for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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