Accessing and recruiting children for research in schools

Marti Rice, Kylan D. Bunker, Duck Hee Kang, Carol C. Howell, Michael Weaver

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Gaining access to the schools and recruiting children as research participants are challenging tasks. To facilitate gaining access to the schools, multiple strategies are necessary, including understanding specific characteristics of the schools, using the proper lines of authority and communication, identifying the gatekeepers, and persuading the schools of the significance and mutual benefits from the study. Once access is gained, strategies for successful recruitment of children include use of developmentally appropriate motivators and incentives; multilevel communications with administrators, principals, teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and children; and provision of privacy and confidentiality during data collection and sharing of the findings. Specific examples from an ongoing study are used to illustrate helpful strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-514
Number of pages14
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007


  • Accessing
  • Children
  • Recruitment
  • Research
  • Schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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    Rice, M., Bunker, K. D., Kang, D. H., Howell, C. C., & Weaver, M. (2007). Accessing and recruiting children for research in schools. Western journal of nursing research, 29(4), 501-514.