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Troubled social background of male anabolic-androgenic steroid abusers in treatment
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy, ISSN 1747-597X, Vol. 2, p. 20-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

The aim of this study was to investigate the social background and current social situation of male abusers of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS).

Methods

We compared thirty-four AAS-abusing patients from an Addiction Centre (AC) with two groups, 18 users and 259 non-users of AAS from a public gym in Orebro, Sweden. The study is based on semi-structured interviews and questionnaires.

Results

Histories of a troubled childhood as well as current social disadvantage were both more frequent among the AAS users. Users also reported poor relationships with their parents and almost half of them had experienced physical or mental abuse. The AC group's experiences from school were mostly negative, and included concentration problems, boredom and learning difficulties. Their current circumstance included abuse of other drugs, battering of spouses and other criminality such as assault, illegal possession of weapons and theft.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this study shows that abusers of AAS often have a troubled social background. This underlines the importance of making a thorough social assessment as a part of the treatment programme. The results of the study may help in directing appropriate questions relevant to the abuse of AAS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: BioMed Central , 2007. Vol. 2, p. 20-
National Category
Substance Abuse Medical and Health Sciences Psychiatry
Research subject
Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3611DOI: 10.1186/1747-597X-2-20PubMedID: 17615062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3611DiVA, id: diva2:137909
Available from: 2008-12-17 Created: 2008-12-17 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Anabolic-androgenic steroid users in treatment: social background, drug use patterns, and criminality
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2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2009. p. 98
Series
Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 28
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Medicine; Social Medicine
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6249 (URN)978-91-7668-662-1 (ISBN)
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2009-05-28, Wilandersalen, Universitetssjukhuset Örebro, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-04-28 Created: 2009-04-15 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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