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Survey quality and cross-national sports research: a case study of the 2007 ISSP survey

Charlotte Van Tuyckom UGent and Piet Bracke UGent (2014) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE. 14(suppl. 1). p.S228-S234
abstract
For the past 15 years there has been an increase in the number of cross-national surveys on sports-related issues. However, in cross-national research, the quality of the conclusions always depends on the quality of each of the separate national studies. If any of these are flawed, it is possible that the observed variation in outcomes is nothing more than a methodological artefact. Unfortunately, the issue of survey quality has been seriously underdeveloped in sports research literature. Through a discussion of several components of survey quality by means of the 2007 International Social Survey Programme survey on leisure time and sports, this article addresses this lacuna. Our case study shows that the wide cross-national variation in sampling methods, modes of data collection and response rates leaves room for various forms of survey error with the potential to generate misleading or biased findings. Although it is less clear what can be done about survey error, we give some possibilities. We suggest that ignoring these methodological problems will affect the validity of cross-national research. Moreover, future research into the impact of various methodological factors related to survey quality is definitely needed.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
Survey quality, ISSP survey, cross-national research
journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE
Eur. J. Sport Sci.
volume
14
issue
suppl. 1
pages
S228 - S234
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000330016300030
ISSN
1746-1391
DOI
10.1080/17461391.2012.683814
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2085801
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2085801
date created
2012-04-13 09:27:20
date last changed
2014-04-18 09:10:19
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  abstract     = {For the past 15 years there has been an increase in the number of cross-national surveys on sports-related issues. However, in cross-national research, the quality of the conclusions always depends on the quality of each of the separate national studies. If any of these are flawed, it is possible that the observed variation in outcomes is nothing more than a methodological artefact. Unfortunately, the issue of survey quality has been seriously underdeveloped in sports research literature. Through a discussion of several components of survey quality by means of the 2007 International Social Survey Programme survey on leisure time and sports, this article addresses this lacuna. Our case study shows that the wide cross-national variation in sampling methods, modes of data collection and response rates leaves room for various forms of survey error with the potential to generate misleading or biased findings. Although it is less clear what can be done about survey error, we give some possibilities. We suggest that ignoring these methodological problems will affect the validity of cross-national research. Moreover, future research into the impact of various methodological factors related to survey quality is definitely needed.},
  author       = {Van Tuyckom, Charlotte and Bracke, Piet},
  issn         = {1746-1391},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {Survey quality,ISSP survey,cross-national research},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {suppl. 1},
  pages        = {S228--S234},
  title        = {Survey quality and cross-national sports research: a case study of the 2007 ISSP survey},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2012.683814},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Van Tuyckom, Charlotte, and Piet Bracke. 2014. “Survey Quality and Cross-national Sports Research: a Case Study of the 2007 ISSP Survey.” European Journal of Sport Science 14 (suppl. 1): S228–S234.
APA
Van Tuyckom, C., & Bracke, P. (2014). Survey quality and cross-national sports research: a case study of the 2007 ISSP survey. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE, 14(suppl. 1), S228–S234.
Vancouver
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Van Tuyckom C, Bracke P. Survey quality and cross-national sports research: a case study of the 2007 ISSP survey. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE. 2014;14(suppl. 1):S228–S234.
MLA
Van Tuyckom, Charlotte, and Piet Bracke. “Survey Quality and Cross-national Sports Research: a Case Study of the 2007 ISSP Survey.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE 14.suppl. 1 (2014): S228–S234. Print.