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Children's and Parents' Emotional Reactions to Kidnapping Stories in the News
Unformatted Document Text:  Children’s and Parents’ 13 Procedure The survey was conducted over the phone during a two-week period in spring of 2003. Coincidently, Elizabeth Smart was found alive on March 12, 2003, five days before we started our survey. Telephone numbers were randomly selected from the Champaign, Illinois, telephone directory, which includes several communities in the county. Using a systematic sampling strategy, 17 telephone numbers were selected from each page of the residential section of the directory. Of the 3,106 numbers selected, 295 had been disconnected, 64 turned out to be nonresidential or fax numbers, and 938 resulted in an answering machine, busy signal, or no answer after two attempts. The remaining 1,809 “active” numbers included 1,188 households without children between the ages of 5 and 17. Of the 621 households that were contacted, 411 (66%) involved a person who refused to participate. In an additional 28 households (5%), a parent was unavailable at the time of the call. The remaining 182 households resulted in completed interviews, which is roughly 29% of the target families contacted by phone. 1 The interviews were conducted between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. for a two-week period. A total of 12 trained interviewers administered the survey. The interviewers introduced themselves, described the survey as a research study of parents’ and children’s reactions to the news, and asked if the person was a parent or guardian of a child between the ages of 5 and 17. If the person said “yes,” permission for the interview was obtained, and the respondent was assured that all answers were anonymous and voluntary. If the person was not a parent or had no children in the household between those ages, the call was terminated. If the person was a child, the interviewer asked to speak to a parent or guardian. First, parents were asked about their child’s emotional reactions to the news in general

Authors: Wilson, Barbara., Martins, Nicole. and Marske, Amy.
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Children’s and Parents’ 13
Procedure
The survey was conducted over the phone during a two-week period in spring of 2003.
Coincidently, Elizabeth Smart was found alive on March 12, 2003, five days before we started
our survey. Telephone numbers were randomly selected from the Champaign, Illinois, telephone
directory, which includes several communities in the county. Using a systematic sampling
strategy, 17 telephone numbers were selected from each page of the residential section of the
directory.
Of the 3,106 numbers selected, 295 had been disconnected, 64 turned out to be
nonresidential or fax numbers, and 938 resulted in an answering machine, busy signal, or no
answer after two attempts. The remaining 1,809 “active” numbers included 1,188 households
without children between the ages of 5 and 17. Of the 621 households that were contacted, 411
(66%) involved a person who refused to participate. In an additional 28 households (5%), a
parent was unavailable at the time of the call. The remaining 182 households resulted in
completed interviews, which is roughly 29% of the target families contacted by phone.
1
The interviews were conducted between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. for a two-week period. A
total of 12 trained interviewers administered the survey. The interviewers introduced
themselves, described the survey as a research study of parents’ and children’s reactions to the
news, and asked if the person was a parent or guardian of a child between the ages of 5 and 17.
If the person said “yes,” permission for the interview was obtained, and the respondent was
assured that all answers were anonymous and voluntary. If the person was not a parent or had no
children in the household between those ages, the call was terminated. If the person was a child,
the interviewer asked to speak to a parent or guardian.
First, parents were asked about their child’s emotional reactions to the news in general


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