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dc.contributor.authorSagoe, Dominic
dc.contributor.authorAndreassen, Cecilie Schou
dc.contributor.authorPallesen, Ståle
dc.description.abstractBackground: To our knowledge, there has never been a systematic review and synthesis of the qualitative literature on the trajectory and aetiology of nonmedical anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) use. Methods: We systematically reviewed and synthesized qualitative literature gathered from searches in PsycINFO, PubMed, ISI Web of Science, Google Scholar, and reference lists of relevant literature to investigate AAS users’ ages of first use and source(s), history prior to use, and motives/drives for initiating use. We adhered to the recommendations of the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s qualitative research synthesis manual and the PRISMA guidelines. Results: A total of 44 studies published between 1980 and 2014 were included in the synthesis. Studies originated from 11 countries: the United States (n =18), England (n =8), Australia (n =4), Sweden (n =4), both England and Wales (n =2), and Scotland (n =2). One study each originated from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Great Britain, and Norway. The majority of AAS users initiated use before age 30. Sports participation (particularly power sports), negative body image, and psychological disorders such as depression preceded initiation of AAS use for most users. Sources of first AAS were mainly users’ immediate social networks and the illicit market. Enhanced sports performance, appearance, and muscle/strength were the paramount motives for AAS use initiation. Conclusions: Our findings elucidate the significance of psychosocial factors in AAS use initiation. The proliferation of AAS on the illicit market and social networks demands better ways of dealing with the global public health problem of AAS use.en_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centraleng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BYeng
dc.subjectAnabolic-androgenic steroidseng
dc.subjectNarrative synthesiseng
dc.subjectSystematic revieweng
dc.subjectQualitative researcheng
dc.titleThe aetiology and trajectory of anabolic-androgenic steroid use initiation: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative researcheng
dc.typePeer reviewed
dc.typeJournal article
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewed
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2014 Sagoe et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.rights.holderDominic Sagoe et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.eng
dc.source.journalSubstance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy

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