TITLE

The feasibility and acceptability of handheld computers in a prospective diary study of adolescent sexual behaviour

AUTHOR(S)
Vannier, Sarah A.; O'Sullivan, Lucia F.
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2008, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p183
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The use of electronic prospective diary methods for the collection of sensitive information such as sexual behaviour has become increasingly more prevalent, and a body of research examining respondent reactions to these methods has emerged. Unfortunately, this research has relied heavily on forced-choice answers and has consisted mainly of adult populations. The current study used a structured interview to gain an in-depth understanding of late adolescents' reactions toward using a handheld computer to provide information about their sexual behaviour. Participants included 49 adolescents (mean age = 18.33 years) enrolled in a mid-sized Canadian university. Participants completed a daily brief structured questionnaire, administered via a handheld computer, for a two-week period followed by a structured interview about their experiences with the method. Handheld computers were an effective method for collecting information about adolescent sexual behaviour. The response rate was 95.6% (655/686 person days). The majority of participants reported that the experience of participating in the study was positive, interesting, easy, and efficient. Suggestions for future research include using a computer with reminder capability, making forms accessible from any computer, and time-stamping forms to monitor daily completion. The findings emphasize the importance of researchers embracing technological advances in data collection and research methodology.
ACCESSION #
37356745

 

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