Response-order effects in survey methods: A randomized controlled crossover study in the context of sport injury prevention

King Chung Derwin CHAN, Andreas IVARSSON, Andreas STENLING, Sophie X. YANG, Nikos L.D. CHATZISARANTIS, Martin S. HAGGER

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Abstract

Consistency tendency is characterized by the propensity for participants responding to subsequent items in a survey consistent with their responses to previous items. This method effect might contaminate the results of sport psychology surveys using cross-sectional design. We present a randomized controlled crossover study examining the effect of consistency tendency on the motivational pathway (i.e., autonomy support → autonomous motivation → intention) of self-determination theory in the context of sport injury prevention. Athletes from Sweden (N = 341) responded to the survey printed in either low interitem distance (IID; consistency tendency likely) or high IID (consistency tendency suppressed) on two separate occasions, with a one-week interim period. Participants were randomly allocated into two groups, and they received the survey of different IID at each occasion. Bayesian structural equation modeling showed that low IID condition had stronger parameter estimates than high IID condition, but the differences were not statistically significant. Copyright © 2015 Human Kinetics, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-673
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Chan, D. K. C., Ivarsson, A., Stenling, A., Yang, S. X., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., & Hagger, M. S. (2015). Response-order effects in survey methods: A randomized controlled crossover study in the context of sport injury prevention. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37(6), 666-673. doi: 10.1123/jsep.2015-0045

Keywords

  • Consistency motif
  • Proximity effect
  • Socratic effect
  • Common method variance
  • Response bias
  • General response tendency

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