Recruitment and Retention of Schools Participating in School Health Research


  • Rick Petosa,

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      Rick Petosa, PhD, CHES, Associate Professor of Health Education, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210–1221

  • Robert M. Goodman

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      Robert M. Goodman, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion and Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.


ABSTRACT: The quality of school health research projects can be enhanced by directing attention to recruitment and retention of schools. Successful recruitment plans go beyond research considerations to address political, economic, educational, and organizational needs of the school setting. Based on recent research, a taxonomy of decision-making procedures characteristic of school districts is presented. The taxonomy provides a framework for designing effective recruitment and retention strategies. (J Sch Health. 1991;61(10):426–429)