Chapter 3. Sampling Strategies for Addiction Research

  1. Peter G. Miller3,
  2. John Strang4,5 and
  3. Peter M. Miller6
  1. Lisa Kakinami1 and
  2. Kenneth R. Conner2

Published Online: 16 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch3

Addiction Research Methods

Addiction Research Methods

How to Cite

Kakinami, L. and Conner, K. R. (2010) Sampling Strategies for Addiction Research, in Addiction Research Methods (eds P. G. Miller, J. Strang and P. M. Miller), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    National Addiction Centre Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK

  3. 5

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  4. 6

    Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Medical University & South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Canandaigua Veterans Administration Center of Excellence, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176637

Online ISBN: 9781444318852



  • sampling strategies for addiction research;
  • specific sampling strategies, strengths and weaknesses;
  • quantitative methods of sampling and qualitative sampling;
  • planning prevention or intervention - for a population, requiring that population is well understood;
  • key sampling concepts;
  • Simple random sampling (SRS) - most basic probability sampling strategy;
  • non-probability sampling - and convenience sampling;
  • snowball sampling and respondent-driven sampling;
  • sampling strategies, technical and practical considerations in designing a sampling plan;
  • computer-assisted self-interviewing (CASI) or audio-CASI (ACASI)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Probability sampling

  • Non-probability sampling

  • Qualitative sampling

  • Selecting your sampling approach

  • Technical considerations

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Recommended readings