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Response-Order Effects in Survey Methods: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Study in the Context of Sport Injury Prevention
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (IHsport)
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology (JSEP), ISSN 0895-2779, E-ISSN 1543-2904, Vol. 37, no 6, 666-673 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consistency tendency is characterized by the propensity for participants responding to subsequent items in asurvey consistent with their responses to previous items. This method effect might contaminate the results ofsport psychology surveys using cross-sectional design. We present a randomized controlled crossover studyexamining the effect of consistency tendency on the motivational pathway (i.e., autonomy support → autonomousmotivation → intention) of self-determination theory in the context of sport injury prevention. Athletesfrom Sweden (N = 341) responded to the survey printed in either low interitem distance (IID; consistencytendency likely) or high IID (consistency tendency suppressed) on two separate occasions, with a one-weekinterim period. Participants were randomly allocated into two groups, and they received the survey of differentIID at each occasion. Bayesian structural equation modeling showed that low IID condition had strongerparameter estimates than high IID condition, but the differences were not statistically significant.

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Human Kinetics, 2015. Vol. 37, no 6, 666-673 p.
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consistency motif, proximity effect, Socratic effect, common method variance, response bias, general response tendency
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118316DOI: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0045ISI: 000370914000009PubMedID: 26866774OAI: diva2:912221
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, P2014-0043
Available from: 2016-03-15 Created: 2016-03-15 Last updated: 2016-04-06Bibliographically approved

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