Targeted neighborhood sampling: A new approach for recruiting abusive couples

F. Scott Christopher, Jacqueline C. Pflieger, Daniel J. Canary, Laura Guerrero, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe

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We conducted two studies to test the utility of a new strategy for recruiting couples experiencing intimate partner violence. This new strategy, Targeted Neighborhood Sampling, involves utilizing police reports of family fight calls to target particular areas within a city for recruitment efforts. Study I compared the efficacy of using this method to recruit a random versus a convenience sample. Results demonstrated that Targeted Neighborhood Sampling was most effective when recruiting a convenience sample of participants who responded to flyers left at their residences. Study II used a convenience sample and replicated the findings from Study I. Across the two studies, 40.4% of those who called after receiving a flyer experienced male-to-female partner violence within the past year. In addition, we combined data across studies and correlated types of violence the couples experienced with variables commonly associated with abuse. Psychological aggression, physical assault, and injury were all positively associated with reports of demand-withdrawal and mutual avoidance during conflict, as well as depression and symptoms of post traumatic disorder syndrome. Sexual coercion was associated with drug abuse. These results demonstrate the utility and validity of Targeted Neighborhood Sampling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-100
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Conflict
  • Depression
  • Intimate partner violence
  • PTSD
  • Physical assault
  • Psychological aggression
  • Sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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