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Durham University

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Publication details for Professor Simon Forrest

Strange, V., Forrest, S. , Oakley, A. & & The RIPPLE Study Team. (2003). Using research questionnaires with young people in schools: the influence of the social context. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 6(4): 337-346.

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Whilst there is an extensive literature on the use of self-completion questionnaires as a research tool, very little attention has been paid to the influence of the social context in determining the ways in which questionnaires are used in practice. This paper describes our experiences of working with 27 English, mixed sex, state schools to carry out a questionnaire survey with 4754 students aged 13-14 years. The survey was part of a randomized controlled trial of peer led sex education. Using data from the questionnaires and from researcher fieldnotes, we highlight ways in which aspects of the social context affected the administration of the questionnaire, students' participation in the survey and the quality of the data collected. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]