Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Shaefer says complex reasons for poverty make solutions challenging

Anderson discusses excess deaths under Stalin with BBC

More Fulbright Scholars from U-M than from any other research university in the US

More News

Highlights

Apply by 2/23 for Weinberg Population, Development & Climate Change funding

Needham, Hicken, Mitchell and colleagues link maternal social disadvantage and newborn telomere length

New Investigator Mentoring Program. Applications due Mar 1

PSC launches new program to support population scientists across U-M

More Highlights

Next Brown Bag

Mon, March 5, 2018, noon: Judith Seltzer on Family Complexity

Jennifer S. Barber photo

Participation in an Intensive Longitudinal Study with Weekly Web Surveys Over 2.5 Years

Publication Abstract

Barber, Jennifer S., Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny, and Paul Schulz. 2016. "Participation in an Intensive Longitudinal Study with Weekly Web Surveys Over 2.5 Years." Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(6): e105.

The ubiquitous nature of communication technologies such as PCs, smartphones, and other mobile devices has increased researchers' ability to collect more frequent longitudinal data. But little is known about the differences between respondents who complete such frequently administered surveys and respondents who do not. Here we analyzed data from the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL) study, which collected weekly web-based survey interviews for 2.5 years on factors shaping the dynamics of sexual behavior among 18- and 19-year old women - including their contraceptive use and pregnancies. We examined respondent characteristics and behaviors associated with continued and on-time participation in the study. We found background respondent characteristics measured at baseline were associated with the number of days respondents remained enrolled in the study, the number of interviews they completed, and the odds that they were late completing interviews. In addition, we found that changes in pregnancy-related behaviors reported in the weekly interviews were associated with higher levels of late interview completion, but lower levels of study attrition. Our analyses suggest that respondents who experience the behaviors measured by the study may maintain higher participation levels than respondents who do not.

DOI:10.2196/jmir.5422 (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC4937177. (Pub Med Central)

Browse | Search : All Pubs