Evaluating implementation fidelity of a parent education program in brazilian tennis federations


Parent involvement within youth sport is influenced by personal, relational, and environmental/sociocultural factors (Knight et al., 2016; Newport et al., 2020). Dorsch et al. (2019) highlighted the need for parents to receive appropriate information about how they can be positively involved in their children's sports journey. To address this purpose, we used the RE-AIM framework to develop a parent education program in Brazil. This study aimed to describe and evaluate a parent education program designed for parents from two Brazilian Tennis Federations. An online program with eleven modules was run over 4 months for parents with children between the ages of 10 and 17. Each module was compounded by a conceptual video, an infographic, a podcast, an informative diary, and an interactive quiz. The online program had an average attendance of 46 parents. Through a qualitative approach, data were collected from sports managers, coaches, parents, and athletes using demographic questionnaires, focus groups, participant diaries, one-to-one interviews, and surveys. Data were analyzed using a reflexive thematic analysis. Results revealed five themes of the parent's perspectives about the program associated with the RE-AIM dimensions (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance). Overall, the findings suggest that the online program was positive to parents for key features, such as offering information and knowledge about the tennis context. Further, because the program concentrated on parents' needs, it made them feel valued by Tennis Federations. Despite this, parents classified the program as much longer, which means could be valuable to synthesize future parent interventions in sports.

Acknowledgments: This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brasil (CAPES).