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ERIC Number: ED359179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 17
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Knowledge about Anabolic Steroids of Rhode Island Adolescents: Implications for Education Programs.
Nutter, June
Although anabolic steroids are associated with short term behavior and long term health problems, few schools address this issue. Adolescents were surveyed to determine their general knowledge of anabolic steroids, attitudes related to fair play, and interest in limiting anabolic steroid use. Data from 322 boys and 331 girls in grades 7-12 were evaluated. Findings indicate: 3 percent of students used anabolic steroids; of the users, 67 percent were athletes; there were few differences in general knowledge among grade levels; with some exceptions, boys' and girls' knowledge of anabolic steroids was similar; many students had positive attitudes toward fair play and were willing to become involved in preventing use of the drugs; and many respondents were unable to identify common signs of anabolic steroid use. Results of the study suggest: (1) education programs should begin at the middle school level; (2) the same curriculum can be implemented initially at the middle school and high school level; and (3) signs of anabolic steroid use should be included in education programs so appropriate interventions can be initiated. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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