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Front Door, Backdoor, No Door? An Exploration of Formal and Informal Means for Recruiting Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth for Research

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This article explores research conducted on unaccompanied immigrant youth (young adults who migrate without parents). Unaccompanied immigrant youth are a particularly challenging population to research due to characteristics of the population itself and the institutional barriers that are often constructed around the population. In this case study, I explore the difficulties I confronted in recruiting these youth for research. In particular, I compare the successes and failures I encountered using what I call "front door" and "backdoor" gatekeepers as means of access to this population. I argue that for some research populations, "backdoor" gatekeepers may sometimes be more helpful in recruiting participants.

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