Sampling methods: methodological issues involved in the recruitment of older people into a study of sexuality

Gledhill, Susan E., Abbey, Jennifer A., & Schweitzer, Robert (2008) Sampling methods: methodological issues involved in the recruitment of older people into a study of sexuality. The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26(1), pp. 84-94.

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Sexual desire experienced by people over 65 years of age is a sensitive topic deserving serious and ethical research. The recruitment of participants into a potentially sensitive study poses particular difficulties including ethical challenges such as informed consent and confidentiality. This paper, drawing on a study of sexual desire in an older aged population group, outlines a range of purposive sampling methods that resulted in a high rate of recruitment, thus validating the methodology employed. The paper reports the outcomes of four recruitment strategies: word of mouth, advertising, community-based seminars and direct solicitation that were employed in a study on sexual desire and ageing. The paper aims to encourage researchers and health professionals to consider looking more closely at topics often considered to be socially forbidden and outside the ambit of nursing research. Some of the ethical issues involved in recruitment for the study will also be considered.

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ID Code: 15009
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: sampling, sexual desire, ageing, ethics
ISSN: 1447-4328
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Royal Australian Nursing Federation
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:50

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