ERIC Number: ED326753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescents and Steroids: A User Perspective.
Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids ("steroids") are synthetic derivatives of the natural male hormone testosterone. They were first used non-medically by elite athletes seeking to improve performance. More recently, however, steroid use has filtered down to high school and junior high school levels. The purpose of this study was to describe adolescent steroid use from a user point of view, including use patterns and trends, motivations and influences, effects, and awareness of health risks. Seventy-two former and current steroid users who began using steroids before leaving high school and who were age 25 or younger were interviewed. The results indicated that: (1) more senior high school students were using steroids at the time of the interview than when the subjects started using; (2) over one-half of the subjects started using steroids by age 16 and on average they had been using for more than 3 years; (3) former users gave a number of reasons for quitting, including undesirable physical or psychological effects, concern about possible health risks, and new goals; and (4) profiles of many users indicated that they were mainstream students with socially acceptable goals. (Four profiles of individuals interviewed are presented.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.