Nancy Kepple second presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research conference. She discussed the Bias in Survey Completion By Alcohol and Drug Users When Using Interactive Voice Response

 

The main topics of discussion were:

-- Interactive voice response (IVR) is an innovative approach that can help to obtain better estimates of child maltreatment among substance-using caregivers in the general population.

— However, IVR utility may be negated if at-risk populations, such as heavy drinkers and drug users, do not complete the survey.

-- Parents reporting any type of alcohol use history were more likely to complete the IVR section compared to lifetime abstainers.

-- Survey completion behaviors did not significantly differ by illicit drug use.

-- No demographic or parenting characteristics differed by survey completion behavior.

-- When using IVR technology, bias may arise when comparing child maltreatment between parents with any alcohol use history and lifetime abstainers, but bias is less likely when using drinker-only samples.

 

Reference:

Kepple, N.J., Price Wolf, J., & Freisthler, B. Bias in Survey Completion By Alcohol and Drug Users When Using Interactive Voice Response