Science 1, Religion 5: a reply to Petróczi et al. (2015) 'A call for policy guidance on psychometric testing in doping control in sport'

Moston, Stephen, and Engelberg, Terry (2015) Science 1, Religion 5: a reply to Petróczi et al. (2015) 'A call for policy guidance on psychometric testing in doping control in sport'. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26 (11). pp. 1140-1141.

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Abstract

[Extract] The article by Petróczi et al. (2015) sets out a call for policy guidance on the misuse of psychometric testing in doping control. While well-intentioned, the article flounders on the question of whether the 'problem' actually exists. The article essentially charges that various - unspecified - forensic types, probably forensic psychologists, are misusing psychometric tests, trying to identify athletes who are guilty of doping. Given such a bold claim, it is curious that these forensic types are not identified in any discernible way. For example, the word 'forensic' appears 15 times in the text, but there is only one citation to an article published in a forensic science journal, an article which does not at any stage mention psychometrics or even psychology. As a point of comparison, there are five direct citations to articles in religious studies journals. In some ways this is symbolic of an article that asks us to take its claims ("... there is a growing and thus worrying trend to employ forensic intelligence to doping" p.10) on faith, not science.

Item ID: 39722
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1873-4758
Keywords: anti-doping; banned performance enhancers: drug policy: forensic psychology
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 00:03
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 60%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports @ 100%
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