Innovative sampling and participant recruitment in sexuality research

Mark McCormack*

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Although making significant contributions to empirical and theoretical understanding of sexuality in society, qualitative research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals encounters problems in participant recruitment and sampling. Participants for research on LGBT individuals are often recruited through counseling services and snowball sampling with the result that samples tend not to be representative of the general population-a significant problem given that it is a common practice for scholars to generalize from multiple sets of qualitative research. In this essay, I draw on a research project that used innovative recruitment procedures to argue for a plurality of recruitment procedures in future research on sexualities and personal relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-481
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number4
Early online date12 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • Bisexuality
  • LGBT populations
  • Marginalized groups
  • Qualitative research
  • Sampling


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