Journal article

Physical appearance concerns are uniquely associated with the severity of steroid dependence and depression in anabolic-androgenic steroid users

Scott Griffiths, Brendan Jacka, Louisa Degenhardt, Stuart B Murray, Briony Larance

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Emerging research suggests that the sub-population of anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) users who experience physical appearance concerns may suffer greater psychological dysfunction than other sub-populations, including users with athletic or occupational concerns. Thus, among current AAS users, we sought to determine whether, and to what extent, social physique anxiety-an established measure of appearance concern-was associated with psychological dysfunction. DESIGN AND METHODS: Interviews were conducted with a sample of 74 male AAS users living in Australia. Users completed self-report instruments of the severity of AAS dependence, depression, hazardous and risky dr..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowships


Funding Acknowledgements

SG is supported by an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (1121538). BL and LD are supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowships (Nos. 1041472 and 1073858). The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grant Fund. The funders had no role in the design, execution or reporting of the study. No additional funding sources are declared. The authors thank the study participants for their contribution to the research, current and past researchers and staff, with particular thanks to Ranira Moodley and Janelle Holden.