Does social desirability influence the relationship between doping attitudes and doping susceptibility in athletes?

Gucciardi, Daniel F., Jalleh, Geoffrey and Donovan, Robert J. (2010) Does social desirability influence the relationship between doping attitudes and doping susceptibility in athletes?. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 11 6: 479-486. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.06.002


Author Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Jalleh, Geoffrey
Donovan, Robert J.
Title Does social desirability influence the relationship between doping attitudes and doping susceptibility in athletes?
Journal name Psychology of Sport and Exercise   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-0292
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.psychsport.2010.06.002
Volume 11
Issue 6
Start page 479
End page 486
Total pages 8
Editor D. Alfermann
M. Hagger
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: Given the sensitive nature of performance-enhancing drug use or doping in sport, obtaining reliable information on attitudes to doping may be severely compromised by socially desirable responding.

Methods: The influence of social desirability on the relationship between attitudes to doping and doping susceptibility was examined in 224 Australian athletes. Participants completed a questionnaire package containing items tapping the three constructs of interest. Data analyses focused on mediation and moderation effects using structural equation modelling and hierarchical regression analysis respectively.

Results: Structural equation modelling analyses showed social desirability to partially mediate the association between doping attitudes and doping susceptibility, whereas regression analyses revealed strong support for the presence of a moderation effect of social desirability.

Conclusions: As a limitation of self-reported data, these findings highlight the importance of controlling for social desirability when obtaining athletes’ self-reported attitudes towards doping and their susceptibility for engaging in doping in sport.
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Keyword Moderation
Mediation
Structural equation modelling
Sport
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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