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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book describes current, validated methodology and tools for conducting any type of measurement in sport and exercise psychology. It provides an excellent foundation of the historical context of where the field was, how it has progressed, and where it is headed.
Purpose: The highly regarded authors aim to provide readers the information and tools they need to carry out successful testing and measurement in the field of research. They provide critical insight into the current methodology and discuss the strengths and limitations of these evaluation tools. They convey the necessity of high quality methodology for the success of primary research in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
Audience: The primary audience includes college-level students or junior researchers who have an interest in this field. Readers should be familiar with some of the historical context, but not necessarily an expert. The book is particularly useful for researchers who would like a broad overview of the state of the field, the strengths as well as the gaps in the research.
Features: The book builds a foundation focused on the basic principles and theory of measurement in sport and exercise psychology. From there, it progressively introduces specific topics that researchers have considered, while providing the most appropriate approach to address the research question.
Assessment: This is a welcome contribution to the field of sport and exercise psychology. The measurement and evaluation tools introduced and expanded upon are based on past and current research practices and have been validated in the context of the field's most respected scientists.