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Assessing the Informed-Assent Procedure for the National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC)

NCJ Number
251778
Author(s)
Tim Smith; Leanne Heaton, formerly of Westat; Sharon Zack; David Cantor; Weijia Ren, Westat
Date Published
April 2020
Length
39 pages
Abstract

The National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC) collected data from approximately 11,000 adjudicated youth about sexual contacts while residing in juvenile facilities. Due to the nature of this research request, an assent protocol was developed and implemented to ensure that youth understood the core elements of the survey. The protocol consisted of an interviewer reading scripted text to a youth and assessing comprehension based on responses to six questions about the nature of participation and study procedures (e.g., voluntary participation, confidentiality). This research describes how often youth understood the consent and examines correlates related to youth and interviewer characteristics.

Date Published: April 2, 2020