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Nonresponse bias in a general population survey of eating-disordered behavior

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Mond, JM and Rodgers, B and Hay, PJ and Owen, C and Beumont, PJ, Nonresponse bias in a general population survey of eating-disordered behavior, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 36, (1) pp. 89-98. ISSN 0276-3478 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20007

Abstract

Objective: To investigate nonresponse bias in a two-phase epidemiologic study of eating-disordered behavior.

Method: Self-report questionnaires were delivered to a community sample of women aged 1845 drawn from the electoral roll. Follow-up interviews were completed with a subgroup of respondents. Eating disorder psychopathology, general physical and mental health, and sociodemographic characteristics were compared among early (n 259) and late (n 71) respondents at the first phase of the study and among individuals with whom interviews were completed (n 208) and individuals declining to be interviewed (n 63) at the second phase.

Results: With respect to levels of eating disorder psychopathology, and on all other measures, individuals who responded at the first phase of the study only after repeated reminders did not differ from those who responded to the initial mailout, and individuals who declined to be interviewed did not differ from individuals with whom interviews were completed.

Conclusions: Nonresponse bias among individuals declining to be interviewed is unlikely to pose a problem in two-phase epidemiologic studies of eating disorders. Further research is needed to examine the characteristics of nonrespondents at the first phase of such studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Epidemiologic research, Non-response bias, Eating disorders
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117979
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-24
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