In order to collect data, you must select an appropriate method. Below are some methods used to collect data on mental factors.
The SCAT is a questionnaire that gathers information on how well you control your anxiety levels during performance.
It contains 15 statements to which the response choice is:
Each answer is given a score which you then add up at the end and compare to the norms.
It is a qualitative method as it requires you to provide your thoughts on how much you agree or disagree with a statement.
Despite receiving a figure at the end of the SCAT, it is a qualitative method because the score comes from your opinion about how well you control your anxiety in certain situations.
Below are the benefits and limitations of the SCAT.
|Easy to complete so unlikely to make mistakes in a quick process.||Qualitative method so you could lie to impress your coach and affect reliability of results.|
|Easy to understand statements so easy to answer correctly.||You may have an inaccurate perception of yourself and accuracy of results can be questioned.|
|It is a permanent record which can be compared to in future re-tests.|
Let's now deconstruct the SCAT and break it down into smaller parts. In doing this, we are: