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Moran, A., Guerin, S., Kirby, K., & Mac Intyre, T.
Validation of a Doping Attitudes and Behaviour Scale: Final Report to World Anti-Doping Agency
Lausanne, Switzerland.
World Anti-Doping Agency
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Athletes’ use of prohibited ergogenic substances for performance enhancement is a form of cheating behaviour which can jeopardise both their health and their careers.Given such importance, it is not surprising that the problem of drug-use in competitivesport has been widely studied. Unfortunately, research in this field has at least three obvious limitations. First, few studies have attempted to explain why athletes are willing to use these substances, given the risks involved (Anshel, 2005). Second, little effort has been made to understand the theoretical mechanisms underlying cheating/dopingbehaviour in athletes. Finally, there is a paucity of research on elite athletes’ attitudes to, and beliefs about, doping in sport. These oversights are unfortunate because antidoping measures cannot be fully effective unless they are based on solid evidence about why athletes (especially elite performers) engage in drug-taking in the first place.To address these gaps in the literature, the first phase of the present study examines the psychological variables underlying attitudes to drug use in sport.To date, 375 high performance (HP) athletes have been surveyed on their attitudes to doping, and a number of relevant psychological variables have also been measured. Interesting findings have emerged on the perceived and reported incidence of doping in sport, athletes’ knowledge of doping substances and differences in attitudes between various demographic groups. Statistical results also show some significant relationships emerging between doping attitudes and psychological characteristics, including perfectionist tendencies and motivational variables.
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