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Respondent-Driven Sampling in the Recruitment of Illicit Stimulant Drug Users in a Rural Setting: Findings and Technical Issues
Addictive Behaviors
  • Jichuan Wang, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Russel S. Falck, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Linna Li, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Ahmmed Rahman
  • Robert G. Carlson, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-1-2007
Abstract
Increasingly, respondent-driven sampling (RDS) is being applied to study not-in-treatment users of illicit drugs. Although RDS has been successfully applied in recruiting active users in densely-populated, metropolitan areas, its utility with hidden populations in rural areas has yet to be determined. This study critically evaluates the sample of not-in-treatment, illicit stimulant drug users (n=249) recruited from the application of RDS in three rural counties in west-central Ohio. The findings of this study largely support the results of earlier studies in urban areas and suggest that RDS is a useful method of sampling hidden drug using populations in less densely populated rural areas. Some limitations of RDS are also discussed.
DOI
10.1016/j.addbeh.2006.06.031
Citation Information
Jichuan Wang, Russel S. Falck, Linna Li, Ahmmed Rahman, et al.. "Respondent-Driven Sampling in the Recruitment of Illicit Stimulant Drug Users in a Rural Setting: Findings and Technical Issues" Addictive Behaviors Vol. 32 Iss. 5 (2007) p. 924 - 937 ISSN: 0306-4603
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_carlson/102/