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A mixed methods exploration of the parent perspective of talent development environments across a national multi-sport landscape

Martindale, Russell; Fountain, Hollie; Andronikos, George; English, Cedric; Dugdale, James H.; Ferrier, Stuart

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Stuart Ferrier



Abstract

Parents are known to be important influencers in the talent development process but are often overlooked. Understanding the parent perspective may help National Governing Bodies and coaches improve their support for young talented athletes. This study aims to understand the parent perspective of the talent development experience across a national multi-sport landscape using mixed methods. Four hundred and eighty-five parents of pathway athletes completed the talent development environment questionnaire for parents (TDEQ-P), which included the opportunity for parents to respond in an open fashion. The results revealed several key relative strengths and weaknesses of the talent development environment. Areas identified for improvement included 1) Communication related to pathway understanding, planning, guidance, and feedback, 2) Individualised training, goal setting, and feedback, 3) Facilities, 4) Access to a specialist support network, in particular psychology support, 5) Engagement between coaches and, 6) Dual career management and engagement with educational institutions. The results also revealed evidence of context specific needs between performance level, sport type, and age group. The TDEQ-P may be an efficient and effective way coaches can access important feedback, improve communication, and build relationships with parents in sport.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 7, 2023
Online Publication Date Jul 21, 2023
Publication Date 2023-11
Deposit Date Jul 17, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2023
Print ISSN 1469-0292
Electronic ISSN 1878-5476
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Article Number 102487
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2023.102487
Keywords Talent development environment questionnaire, Parents, Talent pathway

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