Respondents are those individuals who complete a survey or interview for the researcher, or who provide data to be analyzed for the research study. Respondents can be any age, but determined by the scope of the study, and must agree to informed consent to participate. Minors can participate as respondents with the permission of parents or guardians. Respondents can withdraw from a study at any point, and the data may or may not be used. Respondents can also be referred to as participants. A number of factors need to be taken into consideration when selecting participants, including availability, ethics, and the setting in which they will respond. This entry discusses how and where to locate respondents, reveals the various types of respondents, and ...
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