Development of the talent development environment questionnaire for sport

Russell J. J. Martindale, Dave Collins, John C. K. Wang, Michael Mcneill, Kok Sonk Lee, John Sproule, Tony Westbury

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As sporting challenge at the elite level becomes ever harder, maximizing effectiveness of the talent development pathway is crucial. Reflecting this need, this paper describes the development of the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire, which has been designed to facilitate the development of sporting potential to world-class standard. The questionnaire measures the experiences of developing athletes in relation to empirically identified okey featureso of effective talent development environments. The first phase involved the generation of questionnaire items with clear content and face validity. The second phase explored the factor structure and reliability. This was carried out with 590 developing athletes through application of exploratory factor analysis with oblique rotation, principal axis factoring extraction and cronbach alpha tests. This yielded a 59-item, seven-factor structure with good internal consistency (0.616-0.978). The Talent Development Environment Questionnaire appears to be a promising psychometric instrument that can potentially be useful for education and formative review in applied settings, and as a measurement tool in talent development research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209-1221
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue number11
Early online date6 Aug 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Talent development
  • measurement
  • questionnaire


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