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Title: Recruiting, Sampling and Data Collection with Difficult Populations: Clients of Male Sex Workers
Contributor(s): Minichiello, Victor  (author); Scott, John  (author)orcid ; Callander, Denton (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.4135/978144627305014529496
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Abstract: Although there are many potential new insights to be gained through advancing research on the clients of male sex workers, significant social, ethical and methodological challenges to accessing this population exist. This research project case explores our attempts to recruit a population that does not typically form a cohesive or coherent 'community' and often avoids self-identifying to mitigate the stigma attached to buying sex. We used an arms-length recruitment campaign that focussed on directing potential participants to our study website, which could in turn lead them to participate in an anonymous telephone interview. Barriers to reaching male sex-work clients, however, demanded the evolution of our recruitment strategy. New technologies are part of the solution to accessing a hard-to-reach population, but they only work if researchers engage responsively. We also show how we conducted an in-depth interview with a client and discuss the value of using secondary data.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Grant Details: ARC/DP110104680
Source of Publication: SAGE Research Methods Cases, p. 1-23
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781446273050
Field of Research (FOR): 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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