Athletes' beliefs about and attitudes towards taking banned performance-enhancing substances: a qualitative study

Chan, Derwin K.C., Hardcastle, Sarah J., Lentillon-Kaestner, Vanessa, Donovan, Robert J., Dimmock, James A., and Hagger, Martin S. (2014) Athletes' beliefs about and attitudes towards taking banned performance-enhancing substances: a qualitative study. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3 (4). pp. 241-257.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website:


Elite athletes' beliefs about, and attitudes toward, taking banned performance-enhancing substances were explored in 8 focus-group discussions with 57 athletes from 7 different sports. Discussion was initiated by 3 broad open-ended questions pertaining to 3 important themes likely to affect beliefs and attitudes toward banned performance-enhancing substances. Thematic content analysis of interview transcripts revealed 9 lower-order themes emerging under the 3 global themes: personal attitudes (reputation and getting caught, health effects, and financial incentives and rewards), social influences (coaches, parents, and medical staff and sport scientists), and control beliefs (i.e., insufficiency of doping testing, resource availability, and sport level and type). Findings provide insight into the beliefs and attitudes that likely underpin motives and intentions to take banned performance-enhancing substances. Results are generally consistent with, and complement, research adopting quantitative approaches based on social-cognitive models examining the beliefs and attitudes linked to taking banned performance-enhancing substances.

Item ID: 61591
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2157-3913
Keywords: antidoping, doping, focus group, performance-enhancing drugs, qualitative research
Copyright Information: © 2014 American Psychological Association.
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2020 21:48
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page