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Consent Form Return Rates for Third-Grade Urban Elementary Students

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Abstract:

Objective: To maximize active parent consent form return rates for third-grade minority, urban students enrolled in predominantly low-income elementary schools in Chicago, Ill. Methods: Research staff used a class incentive and class visits to retrieve consent forms from students. Results: Of the 811 third-grade students, 98 returned a form and 79 (n = 627) of those students' parents provided an affirmative response. Return rates did not vary by students' ethnicity or by the schools' demographic variables. Conclusion: Incentives and class visits can yield a high return rate of active parent consent forms for third-grade minority, urban, low-income students.

Keywords: elementary students; parent consent

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.30.5.3

Affiliations: 1: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy, Chicago, IL. 2: Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University, College of Health and Human Sciences, Department of Public Health, Corvallis, OR. 3: Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy, Chicago, IL. 4: Project Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy, Chicago, IL. 5: Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Health Research and Policy, Chicago, IL. 6: Associate, Child, Family, and Community Studies, Caliber Associates, Inc., Fairfax, VA.

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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