Recruitment and Retention of Child Welfare Workers in Longitudinal Research

A longitudinal panel study that recruits workers at hire and follows them over time provides an opportunity to empirically examine the contributors of turnover and retention. Longitudinal studies encounter several obstacles that threaten the validity of findings. Foremost, high, disproportionate participant attrition rates can lead to differences between targeted populations and sampled populations, and these differences may grow over time.

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