Journal article

'Steroids, it's so much an identity thing!' perceptions of steroid use, risk and masculine body image

Signe Ravn, Julia Coffey

Journal of Youth Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016


This paper explores how taste and distaste, body image and masculinity play into young people’s perceptions of risk related to steroid use. Data are drawn from a qualitative study on risk-taking among 52 Danish youths enrolled in high school or vocational training. A number of ‘risky’ practices such as drug use, fights, speeding, etc. were discussed. In contrast to these practices, which were primarily described in relation to ‘physical risks’, steroid use was understood as part of an ‘identity’ or ‘lifestyle’ in a way these other risks were not. Few interviewees had used steroids, and the large majority distanced themselves from the practice. Reasons for not wanting to use steroids were rel..

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Awarded by Danish Council for Independent Research, Social Sciences (FSE)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the the Danish Council for Independent Research, Social Sciences (FSE) [grant number 12-132265].