Evaluating the effectiveness of the VIRTUES and HEROES projects: qualitative evidence

Kavussanu, M., King, Ailish, Hurst, P., Skloufa, L. and Barkoukis, V. (2018) Evaluating the effectiveness of the VIRTUES and HEROES projects: qualitative evidence. In: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Annual Conference 2018, 3-4 December, Belfast. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the HEROES and VIRTUES projects using qualitative methods.

Qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with focus groups of 4-7 participants.

Athletes from individual and team sports aged between 16-24 years, who attended the two interventions took part in focus groups. The interview guide includes questions pertaining to the content and delivery mode of the interventions. Participants are asked about the effectiveness of the intervention on their views about doping use. They are also asked to identify elements of the intervention that they felt were most effective in changing their views about doping, comment on mode of delivery, and offer suggestions for improvement.

Preliminary results indicate that participants have experienced a change in their views about doping. They have enjoyed the sessions and liked their interactive nature. They have become more aware about doping and better understand the consequences of using banned substances. Participants have also identified sessions on sport supplements from the educational intervention and consequences of doping for others from the moral/psychological interventions as important elements of the sessions that have changed the way they think about doping.

The qualitative evidence obtained in this study reinforces the quantitative results of the VIRTUES and HEROES projects. The findings suggest that the participants valued the experience of the intervention and they felt that certain elements of the intervention were particularly useful in changing their views about doping.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0706 Sports psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Philip Hurst
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 15:03
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 15:03
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17851

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