Life on steroids: Bodybuilders describe their perceptions of the anabolic-androgenic steroid use period

Tracy W. Olrich, Martha E. Ewing

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Abstract

A significant amount of attention has been given to the psychological effects of anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) use in sport (Bahrke, Yesalis, & Wright, 1996). However, apart from a few selected case studies, a relative dearth of information has been provided concerning the subjective experience of people using AAS. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of 10 men who were using or had previously used AAS. The participants in this study were weight trainers with primarily a bodybuilding emphasis. All had used AAS at some point in their training experience. The study involved in-depth interviews focusing on the AAS use experience. Nine of the 10 men described their AAS use experience in a very favorable manner. The men perceived increases in muscle mass, strength, peer recognition, social status, sexual performance, and vocational performance. These findings are discussed relative to current AAS educational programs and interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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