Recruiting a community sample of adolescent children of alcoholics: A comparison of three subject sources

Laurie Chassin, M. Barrera, K. Bech, J. Kossak-Fuller

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Although there has been substantial research interest in adolescent children of alcoholics, the generalizability and consistency of previous findings have been limited by the specialized nature of the research samples (e.g., treatment samples, school-based samples). However, attempting to address this problem by recruiting subjects from community sources raises a variety of sampling issues, including the comparability and accessibility of subjects from different sources. This article compares the recruitment rates and characteristics of families enrolled from three sources-DUI records, HMO records and telephone surveys. Implications for research on children of alcoholics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-319
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Studies on Alcohol
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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