Participant Information

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.
We would like to invite you to take part in our research study. Before you decide we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you.

Essential practitioner characteristics: A gate-keeper perspective. A conjoint analysis.
(SFEC Reference No: SFEC 2015-069)

What is the purposes of the study?
The purpose of the study is to establish the characteristics that key decision makers for athletes (e.g., coaches, parents) deem important for a sport psychologist to have. Although we have a reasonable understanding to what athletes might look for, many athletes are influenced by, and have decisions made by others who are looking out for their best interests; especially when we refer to youth and/or adolescent athletes. To address this knowledge gap we are recruiting as many sports coaches and sport parents to complete a short questionnaire to ascertain their characteristic preferences (on an 11-point scale) when considering the use of a sport psychologist.

Who is doing this research?
Principal Investigator: Richard Thelwell
Department of Sport and Exercise Science,
Spinnaker Building,
Cambridge Road,
Telephone: 023 9284 5164

Why have I been invited?
Given that you are a coach/parent of youth/adolescent athletes, we would like to invite you to participate in the study as you may have some really useful thoughts that will help us generate new knowledge for the subject area.

Do I have to take part?
No, taking part in this research is entirely voluntary. It is up to you to decide if you want to volunteer for the study. We will describe the study in this information sheet. If you agree to take part, we will then ask you to sign the attached consent form.

What will happen to me if I take part?
Having consented to participate, all that is asked of volunteers is that they complete a short questionnaire that will take no longer than 10 minutes. The questionnaire will include a combination of pre-identified sport psychologist characteristics

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
In addition to contributing to the development of new knowledge, having the opportunity to consider, and rate something regarding the decisions you make for your athlete/child may provide additional knowledge and benefits for yourself. For example, you may not have previously considered the role of a sport psychologist, or the characteristics that you look for in those who are trying to benefit your athlete/child.

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?
Any information obtained during this study will remain confidential as to your identity: if it can be specifically identified with you, your permission will be sought in writing before it will be published. Anonymous data, which cannot be identified with you, may be published and/or presented at meetings, with the aim of benefiting others. Anonymous data may also be provided to any sponsor of the research, or regulatory authorities. All information will be subject to the conditions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and subsequent statutory instruments.

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?
As a volunteer you can withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason if you do not wish to. If you do withdraw from a study after some data has been collected you will be asked if you are content for the data collected thus far to be retained and included in the study. If you prefer, the data collected can be destroyed and not included in the study. Once the study has been completed, and the data analysed, it will not be possible for you to withdraw your data from the study.
What if there is a problem?
If you have a query, concern or complaint about any aspect of this study, in the first instance you should contact the Principal Investigator (PI) if appropriate. The contact details for both the PI are detailed on page 1.

If your concern or complaint is not resolved by the PI, you should contact the Departmental Director of Research:

Director of Research Professor Mike Tipton
Department of Sport and Exercise Science 023 9284 5168
University of Portsmouth
Spinnaker Building
Cambridge Road

If the complaint remains unresolved, please contact:
The University Complaints Officer
023 9284 3642

Who is funding the research?
This research is being funded by The University of Portsmouth. None of the study staff will receive any financial reward by conducting this study, other than their normal salary.

Who has reviewed the study?
This study has been scientifically reviewed within the submitting Department and then ethically reviewed and been given favourable ethical opinion by the Science Faculty Ethics Committee.

Thank you
Thank you for taking time to read this information sheet and for considering volunteering for this experiment. If you do volunteer for this experiment your consent will be sought on the following page.