The effects of data collection mode and disclosure on adolescent reporting of health behavior

Timothy J. Beebe, Patricia A. Harrison, Eunkyung Park, James A. McRae, James Evans

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This study examined how information obtained from an adolescent screening instrument administered in a medical clinic is affected by the method of data collection and knowledge that a summary report would be given to the provider. The Adolescent Health Review (AHR) was administered to 610 adolescent patients randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions to test the effect of mode of administration (paper vs. computer) and disclosure of results to the provider versus only to researchers (using the computer version). The AHR obtained information on mental health, sexual experiences, and use of psychoactive substances. Response patterns varied by mode of administration, with the paper version generally eliciting higher, and arguably more accurate, rates of disclosure. Knowing that the results would be provided to the doctor further attenuated disclosure. Results suggest that the paper version's higher rates of reporting must be weighed against the computer version's benefits of automated scoring and reporting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-488
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2006


  • Adolescents
  • Computer screening
  • Mode effects
  • Risk behavior
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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