Contemporary Challenges in School Recruitment for Criminological Survey Research: Lessons From the International Self-Report Delinquency Study in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States

Renske S. van der Gaag*, Lauren Herlitz, Mike Hough

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Abstract

Several multiwave cross-national surveys have experienced drops in school participation for youth health and risk behavior (HRB) surveys in Western European countries. This article considers explanations for the challenge in recruiting schools for surveys in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States and the most important lessons learned during school recruitment for the third wave of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study in these four countries. Comparing school response rates for international academic surveys with those focused on HRB, schools have been increasingly less likely to participate in HRB surveys over the past two decades. However, considerable variation within and across surveys and countries suggests there are numerous influences on school recruitment, and there may be facilitators on which researchers could capitalize. We conclude that when planning future school-based HRB surveys, researchers should consider multiple strategies to engage schools from the outset, tailored to regional and national settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-409
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Volume35
Issue number4
Early online date3 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • cross-national research
  • school recruitment
  • school response rates
  • youth health
  • youth risk behavior

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