Identifying prospective nontransparent online measures of psychological constructs [electronic resource] : the case of psychological readiness to return to sport after injury / Britton Brewer, Nara Kim, Judy l. Van Raalte
- Brewer, Britton
- London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2023.
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- 1 online resource
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- Kim, Nara and Van Raalte, Judy L.
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- Online research methods are inexpensive, convenient, and can be easily accessed by participants. When the topic of study is psychologically sensitive, however, some online research participants may give deceptive or not fully honest answers to research questions. For example, when asked if they are psychologically ready to return to sport, athletes who have sustained injuries may be motivated (or pressured) to say that they are ready to return to sport before they actually are. To combat the problem of false responding on online research questionnaires, measures that are "nontransparent" (not obvious) as to the line of questioning may be used so that participants report their true feelings. In this methods case study, three potentially nontransparent methods (implicit assessment, information processing task, projective testing) were used to assess a psychologically difficult topic: athletes' psychological readiness to return to sport after injury. For the implicit assessment, participants read a scenario about an athlete in their sport with an injury like their own and judged whether that person was ready to return to sport. The information processing method used speed of responding on a computer to determine participants' psychological readiness. For the projective test, participants viewed an ambiguous picture and told a story about it, projecting their feelings into the story. Analysis showed that the information processing and projective tests were nontransparent. The process presented in this case study can be used by researchers studying other psychologically sensitive topics to develop online research methods that are nontransparent and thereby help minimize false responding.
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