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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154105
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Legitimacy of Internet Research among Midlife Women
Abstract:
Legitimacy of Internet Research among Midlife Women
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Liu, Yi, MSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:The University of Texas at Austin
Title:Doctoral Candidate & Research Assistant
Co-Authors:Eun-Ok Im, RN, MPH, PhD, CNS, FAAN; Wonshik Chee, PhD; Hyun Ju Lim, MSN; Enrique Guevara, MSN, RN; Hsiu-Min Tsai, PhD
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] With an increasing number of Internet studies, researchers have reported advantages in using the Internet for research (e.g., accessibility, flexibility, cost-effectiveness). However, some negative and hostile experience in Internet research has also been reported. Despite these inconsistent findings, little is still known about Internet research. The purpose of this presentation is to describe legitimacy issues identified in an Internet study among a specific group of Internet population, online midlife women, and to provide future directions for Internet research. The issues raised during an Internet study among 428 midlife women have been discussed and recorded through regular research meetings. Research staff members wrote memos related to the issues throughout the research process. Then, the group discussion records and memos were analyzed using content analysis. The first identified issue was: because Internet interactions are based on non face-to-face interactions, it was difficult to identify and expect who would be contacted and informed about the study. Second, it was difficult to define private and public domains because each organization/community/group had different perspectives on them. Third, some Internet communities/groups raised a question on the legitimacy of the study because the study was Internet-based. Fourth, the information on the study was shared in several Internet sites for freebies by some teenagers, and they were trying to participate in the study while pretending to be midlife women. Finally, several unauthentic cases were identified (e.g., 9 sisters in a mailing address, 5 different ethnic minority women in one household, 2 men claiming monetary reimbursement of their wives' participation). Researchers need to comply with the related policies and regulations, make a trustable study website with adequate information, strengthen the screening questions, specify the eligibility of the participants, and be open to new technologies and regularly update their technological skills and knowledge.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLegitimacy of Internet Research among Midlife Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154105-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Legitimacy of Internet Research among Midlife Women</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Liu, Yi, MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The University of Texas at Austin</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Doctoral Candidate &amp; Research Assistant</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">gn94yliu@mail.utexas.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Eun-Ok Im, RN, MPH, PhD, CNS, FAAN; Wonshik Chee, PhD; Hyun Ju Lim, MSN; Enrique Guevara, MSN, RN; Hsiu-Min Tsai, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] With an increasing number of Internet studies, researchers have reported advantages in using the Internet for research (e.g., accessibility, flexibility, cost-effectiveness). However, some negative and hostile experience in Internet research has also been reported. Despite these inconsistent findings, little is still known about Internet research. The purpose of this presentation is to describe legitimacy issues identified in an Internet study among a specific group of Internet population, online midlife women, and to provide future directions for Internet research. The issues raised during an Internet study among 428 midlife women have been discussed and recorded through regular research meetings. Research staff members wrote memos related to the issues throughout the research process. Then, the group discussion records and memos were analyzed using content analysis. The first identified issue was: because Internet interactions are based on non face-to-face interactions, it was difficult to identify and expect who would be contacted and informed about the study. Second, it was difficult to define private and public domains because each organization/community/group had different perspectives on them. Third, some Internet communities/groups raised a question on the legitimacy of the study because the study was Internet-based. Fourth, the information on the study was shared in several Internet sites for freebies by some teenagers, and they were trying to participate in the study while pretending to be midlife women. Finally, several unauthentic cases were identified (e.g., 9 sisters in a mailing address, 5 different ethnic minority women in one household, 2 men claiming monetary reimbursement of their wives' participation). Researchers need to comply with the related policies and regulations, make a trustable study website with adequate information, strengthen the screening questions, specify the eligibility of the participants, and be open to new technologies and regularly update their technological skills and knowledge.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:44:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:44:53Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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