Predicting attitude towards performance enhancing substance use: a comprehensive test of the Sport Drug Control Model with elite Australian athletes

Jalleh, Geoffrey, Donovan, Robert J. and Jobling, Ian (2014) Predicting attitude towards performance enhancing substance use: a comprehensive test of the Sport Drug Control Model with elite Australian athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17 6: 574-579. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2013.10.249


Author Jalleh, Geoffrey
Donovan, Robert J.
Jobling, Ian
Title Predicting attitude towards performance enhancing substance use: a comprehensive test of the Sport Drug Control Model with elite Australian athletes
Journal name Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-2440
1878-1861
Publication date 2014-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.10.249
Volume 17
Issue 6
Start page 574
End page 579
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chatswood Australia
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: This study presents a comprehensive examination of the Sport Drug Control Model via survey data of elite Australian athletes.
Design and methods:A cross-sectional nationwide mail survey of 1237 elite Australian athletes was conducted. Structural equation modelling was employed to test the model.
Results: Morality (personal moral stance on performance-enhancing substances use), reference group opinion (perceived moral stance of reference group on performance-enhancing substances use) and legitimacy (perceptions of the drug testing and appeals processes) evidenced significant relationships with attitude towards performance-enhancing substances use, which in turn was positively associated with doping behaviour. The model accounted for 81% and 13% of the variance in attitude towards performance-enhancing substances use and doping behaviour, respectively.
Conclusions: These findings validate the usefulness of the Sport Drug Control Model for understanding influences on performance-enhancing substances use. Nevertheless, there is a need to survey athletes representing a broader range of competition levels and cross-cultural research to test the model's applicability to other populations of athletes.
Keyword Doping in sport
Performance-enhancing substances
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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