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Addict Behav. 2009 Jun-Jul;34(6-7):531-5. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.017. Epub 2009 Mar 24.

The impact of email recruitment on our understanding of college smoking.

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Department of Psychology, Clarkson University, P.O. Box 5825, Potsdam, NY 13699, USA. tnorton@clarkson.edu

Abstract

Email recruitment is growing in popularity; however, this convenience sampling method may yield very different results from prior convenience sampling methods. Participants in the current study were 825 undergraduate students, 446 recruited through a campus wide email and 379 recruited through Introductory Psychology courses, who completed an on-line survey on smoking and health. Outcomes varied significantly by group. Introductory Psychology students reported higher smoker self-concept, more pros of smoking, and were more likely to view smoking as a method of negative affect reduction. The current study suggests that recruitment method can bias our understanding of smoking behaviors among college students.

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19395180
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PMC2802216
DOI:
10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.017
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