Consent form return rates for third-grade urban elementary students

Am J Health Behav. 2006 Sep-Oct;30(5):467-74. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.5.467.


Objective: To maximize active parent consent form return rates for third-grade minority, urban students enrolled in predominantly low-income elementary schools in Chicago, Ill.

Methods: Research staff used a class incentive and class visits to retrieve consent forms from students.

Results: Of the 811 third-grade students, 98% returned a form and 79% (n = 627) of those students' parents provided an affirmative response. Return rates did not vary by students' ethnicity or by the schools' demographic variables.

Conclusion: Incentives and class visits can yield a high return rate of active parent consent forms for third-grade minority, urban, low-income students.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chicago
  • Child
  • Community Participation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Consent Forms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Humans
  • Motivation*
  • Parental Consent / statistics & numerical data*
  • Parents
  • Schools*
  • Students
  • Urban Population