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Gender differences in family communication about organ donation
Unformatted Document Text:  11 To further examine this issue, a related research question was also asked: RQ: What gender differences exist in reports of conversations about organ donation, and reported family response to conversations about organ donation? METHODS To address the hypothesis and research question delineated above, a survey instrument was developed and administered to a snowball sample of 853 respondents. One hundred students in an undergraduate communication theory class at a mid-sized private university were given an opportunity to earn extra credit in the course by administering questions to nonstudent individuals not affiliated with the university. About half of the students in the class participated in the activity, resulting in a total of 853 partially or fully completed questionnaires. Students were given the questionnaires prior to spring break, which enabled them to administer the questionnaires in locations other than the city in which the university was located. The university is a residential campus; most students live in other cities from a multi-state area (primarily Midwest and East). The student make-up of the university is primarily middle to upper-middle class. The student make-up of the communication theory classes is approximately equally distributed between males and females. Students were encouraged to administer the questionnaires primarily to individuals over the age of 21, and to attempt to obtain responses from as many people over the age of 61 as possible. This was done to discourage students from merely giving the questionnaires to their friends. Respondents The sample was composed of 353 males (41.2%) and 488 females (57%) with 15 individuals (1.8%) not indicating their sex. The average age of the sample fell into the

Authors: Thompson, Teresa., Robinson, James. and Kenny, Wade.
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To further examine this issue, a related research question was also asked:
RQ: What gender differences exist in reports of conversations about organ
donation, and reported family response to conversations about organ donation?
METHODS
To address the hypothesis and research question delineated above, a survey
instrument was developed and administered to a snowball sample of 853 respondents.
One hundred students in an undergraduate communication theory class at a mid-sized
private university were given an opportunity to earn extra credit in the course by
administering questions to nonstudent individuals not affiliated with the university.
About half of the students in the class participated in the activity, resulting in a total of
853 partially or fully completed questionnaires. Students were given the questionnaires
prior to spring break, which enabled them to administer the questionnaires in locations
other than the city in which the university was located. The university is a residential
campus; most students live in other cities from a multi-state area (primarily Midwest and
East). The student make-up of the university is primarily middle to upper-middle class.
The student make-up of the communication theory classes is approximately equally
distributed between males and females. Students were encouraged to administer the
questionnaires primarily to individuals over the age of 21, and to attempt to obtain
responses from as many people over the age of 61 as possible. This was done to
discourage students from merely giving the questionnaires to their friends.
Respondents
The sample was composed of 353 males (41.2%) and 488 females (57%) with 15
individuals (1.8%) not indicating their sex. The average age of the sample fell into the


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