This study was conducted as a part of a class project at American University’s School of Communication (AU SOC). Students in the Writing for Convergent Media class explored various aspects of the impact of Sept. 11, 2001, on young people. A survey among 18- to 29-year-olds (young adults who were 8 to 19 in 2001) was one element in the semester-long project.
The survey was conducted online using a network sample. Network sampling is a nonscientific method where respondents are encouraged to pass the survey along to others. The survey link was made public on March 1, 2011, and was initially distributed by students in the class. It was closed on April 12, 2011, for tabulation. Only individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 living in the United States were asked to complete the survey, and initial screening questions were asked to ensure that respondents met these requirements. The final sample includes 1,021 respondents.
The questionnaire was developed by students in the class under the supervision of AU SOC faculty. Questions addressed the impact that 9/11 might have had on views toward social and political issues, as well as ways that the event might have affected individuals personally. Demographic questions were also included to allow for more detailed analysis.