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, 11 (6), 845-56

Experiences of Anabolic Steroid Use: In-Depth Interviews With Men and Women Body Builders

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Experiences of Anabolic Steroid Use: In-Depth Interviews With Men and Women Body Builders

Sarah Grogan et al. J Health Psychol.

Abstract

This study was designed to investigate anabolic steroid users' experiences of, and motivations for, use. Five men and six women users took part in in-depth interviews. Four themes emerged: Steroid Use vs Abuse; Side-effects; Trusted Information Sources; and Social Pressure. Many users believed that steroids used in moderation were safe. Serious side-effects (liver and kidney damage, hypertension) were not significant disincentives. Information from health professionals tended to be mistrusted because it was not based on first-hand experience of use. Social support, especially from within the body building community, was an important motivator. It is concluded that intervention programmes need the support of the body building community in order to be effective.

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