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ERIC Number: ED338947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: Knowledge about, Attitude toward, and Extent of Use by High School Students.
Yonker, R. J.; And Others
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AS) are pharmacologic derivatives of the hormone testosterone. They have therapeutic merit when used under a physician's prescription to treat certain hormonal imbalances and some forms of anemia; however, when taken in high doses they have a number of virilizing, feminizing, toxic, and psychological effects. This study was conducted to determine the knowledge about, attitudes toward, and extent of use of AS among 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students at a northwest Ohio high school. Questionnaires completed by 1,057 students revealed that, of the 53 students who indicated that they were taking steroids, 4 gave legitimate medical reasons for doing so. Thus, 4.6% of the student population was taking steroids illegitimately. Of those students admitting use, 95.9% were male, with the greatest percentage of users being seniors (38.8%) or juniors (36.7%). Many had misunderstandings and misconceptions concerning the properties and side effects of AS, and in general, many did not condone the use of AS. The typical high school student who used AS was a junior or senior male who had obtained steroids on the black market (49.0%) or from fellow athletes (44.9%) and who was taking more than one steroid preparation several times per week for the purpose of enhancing performance. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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