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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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Strategies for maximising participation from LGB people in internet surveying in the United States

Strategies for maximising participation from LGB people in internet surveying in the United States

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(p.253) Fifteen Strategies for maximising participation from LGB people in internet surveying in the United States
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities
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Andy Dunlap

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.003.0015

In order to better understand the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people within the health care and social services systems, researchers must overcome important difficulties inherent in trying to query these populations. This chapter addresses some of the challenges associated with internet based survey research with LGBT people. One of the difficulties in surveying these populations is establishing a sampling frame from which to draw. How many LGBT people are there? How should the researcher define sexual orientation? These difficulties are only compounded when researchers begin to examine international experiences of LGBT people. A dissertation project serves as an example in this discussion which was carefully constructed to maximize participation by using a Tailored Design Method and outing the researcher as a member of the LGBT community. A large quantitative sample (n = 1131) and a large qualitative sample (n = 870) were generated. This chapter discusses specific strategies for generating large and diverse samples by exploring both strengths and limitations of this research project. Topics include: outing the researcher; working with gatekeepers; framing the call for participation; and navigating heteronormative IRB systems.

Keywords:   Institutional Review Board (IRB) systems, tailored design method, hidden populations, LGBT age cohorts, The Stonewall generation

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