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Value of Audio-Enhanced Handheld Computers Over Paper Surveys With Adolescents

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Objective: To examine the impact of 3 data collection modes on the number of questions answered, data quality, and student preference. Methods: 275 urban seventh-grade students were recruited and randomly assigned to complete a paper survey (SAQ), PDA survey (PDA), or PDA survey with audio (APDA). Students completed a paper debriefing survey. Results: APDA respondents completed significantly more questions compared to SAQ and PDA. PDA and APDA had significantly less missing data than did SAQ. No differences were found for student evaluation. Conclusions: Strong benefits may be gained by the use of APDA for adolescent school-based data collection.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH., USA. 2: Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA 3: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI, USA 4: Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA 5: Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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