I’m new to Prolific and I am running a questionnaire study looking at parents of 5-12 year old children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. How would I create a study that would reach this population of people?
Thank you in advance for your help!
Dr Paige E Davis
Hey @Paige_Davis, welcome to the community!
Unfortunately, we only support studies for those aged 18+.
@Joe_Bathelt is another developmental researcher. Is there different online service that you’ve been able to use?
Hi @Josh I’m not trying to find children, but rather parents of children diagnosed with ASD to report on their children’s behaviors. They would be 18+ as they would be parents.
Does that make sense? I’m having trouble with how to set it to parents with these specific criteria.
Some of my colleagues did something similar. They recruited participants separately via a mailing list and then sent them the link for the online study. If you’re in the UK, you could try Autistica for recruitment questions.
Sorry, I misread your question! I’m not sure that we can provide that sample unfortunately. We only have a screener targeted that people who have been diagnosed, rather than the parents of children who have been diagnosed.
It might be best to use @Joe_Bathelt’s suggestion
Thanks @Josh and @Joe_Bathelt. I’ll try this way forward. It is quite a specific group, so it makes sense that it may need to be a different recruitment method.
Have a good night,
Hi @Josh and @Joe_Bathelt
Just wanted to let you know I figured out how to get participants. I set a first study to find parents of children born after 2015 (I think) and then polled 500 people who met those criteria asking if their child had been diagnosed with ASD. I found 100 participants that fit those criteria in 3 hours! It was amazing. I then used the custom allow function and invited them to the second study which was my questionnaire. So far in the last 2 days I am at 77 of the 80 participant goal.
Thanks so much!
I’m so happy to hear this! So glad you’ve been successful
Since developmental research is so niche, would you both mind if I added you to a ‘Developmental Researcher’ group, so I can easily tag you to advise others who might have questions on how to conduct this type of research on Prolific? @Joe_Bathelt @Paige_Davis
And you can also use it as private space to network/help each other etc
Brilliant, that’s a very neat approach
Brilliant! Thank you both. We’re going to be creating sub-groups of researchers to enable greater collaboration and networking, and your group will be one of those. I should be creating those by the end of next week