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Title: Educating and supporting tennis parents: an action research study
Authors: Thrower, Sam N.
Harwood, Chris G.
Spray, Christopher M.
Keywords: Parents
Tennis
Action research
Childhood
Intervention
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: THROWER, S.N., HARWOOD, C.G. and SPRAY, C.M., 2017. Educating and supporting tennis parents: an action research study. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9(5), pp. 600-618.
Abstract: This study examined the effectiveness of an evidence-based sport parent education programme designed to meet the stage-specific needs of British tennis parents. Using an organisational action research framework, six workshops were run over a 12-week period for tennis parents with children between the ages of 5 and 10 years. Workshops took place in three high performance tennis centres and had an average attendance of 22 parents. Data were collected using participant diaries, emails, social validation feedback forms, reflective diaries, and post-programme focus groups (n=19). The impact and effectiveness of the programme was evaluated qualitatively using a thematic analysis. Results indicated that the programme was effective in enhancing tennis parents’ perceived knowledge, affective states, and skills across a range of learning objectives. Results also provide a unique understanding of parents’ experiences of participating in a sport parent education programme. Insights are provided for practitioners in relation to the design, content, and delivery of future sport parent education programs.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 25th Dec 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1341947
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26171
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2017.1341947
ISSN: 2159-676X
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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