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Title Comparing Adolescent Response Bias Between Internet and Telephone Surveys
Source Journal of Adolescent Health, 44, 2, pp. S36-S36
Year 2009
Access date 16.04.2009

We surveyed 15-24-year-olds using: (1) an age and gender quota sample from the Harris Poll Online (n = 859) weighted to represent the US population by age, gender, ethnicity and propensity to be online, and (2) a nationally representative random digit dial cluster sample (n = 609) weighted to represent the US population by region, gender, age, and ethnicity. Scaled response options were included to assess satisficing (choosing the ‘easiest’ answer) and other response bias. Topics include demographics; emergency contraception; sexual behaviors and attitudes; condom use; access; and quality of care and confidentiality.

Online respondents were more likely to choose not to express an opinion. This may be due to satisficing, choosing the 'easiest' answer for the online group, or to social desirability bias against 'not' having an opinion about a reproductive health issue for the phone group, or to both. Greater understanding of mode effects on self report are needed to accurately reflect adolescents’ attitudes towards reproductive health and health related behaviors.

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