Doping in elite sport: linking behaviour, attitudes and psychological theory

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Title: Doping in elite sport: linking behaviour, attitudes and psychological theory
Authors: Kirby, Kate
Guerin, Suzanne
Moran, Aidan P.
Matthews, James
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Date: 2016
Abstract: Recent years have witnessed an upsurge of research interest in the psychosocial factors associated with competitive athletes’ propensity to use prohibited performance-enhancing drugs. This practice is commonly known as "doping" and typically refers to athletes’ proclivity to use "illegitimate performance enhancement substances and methods" . Although the problem of doping in sport may appear to be a relatively new phenomenon, it has a surprisingly long history. For example, prohibited substances such as caffeine and cocaine were used by cyclists in a bid to enhance competitive performance as far back as the 1890s. Unfortunately, studies on doping in elite athletes are afflicted by at least two unresolved issues. First, the links between doping attitudes and doping behavior have not received sufficient research attention to date. Second, the role of psychological theory in elucidating these links has not been addressed adequately. Therefore, the purpose of the present chapter is to address these two issues.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge
Keywords: Attitude measurement;Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB)
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Barkoukis, V., Lazuras, L. and Tsorbatzoudis, H. (eds.). The Psychology of Doping in Sport
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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