Adaptive sampling: Recruiting a diverse community sample of survivors of sexual violence

Donna S. Maitsolf, Tamra J. Courey, Terri R. Chapman, Claire B. Draucker, Barbara L. Mims

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Accessing vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations is a significant challenge for nurse researchers. Adaptive sampling is a procedure that has been used effectively in community-based research to recruit rare or hidden populations. Structured community assessment, as practiced by community health nurses, can be used to enhance adaptive sampling procedures to recruit research participants. This article describes adaptive sampling techniques, discusses how the techniques can be enhanced with a structured nursing community assessment, and describes how adaptive sampling was used successfully by nurse researchers to obtain a diverse and vulnerable community sample for a grounded-theory study of women's and men's responses to sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-182
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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