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Socio-economic determinants of adolescent use of performance enhancing drugs: Evidence from the YRBSS

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  • Humphreys, Brad R.
  • Ruseski, Jane E.

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Evidence indicates that adolescents (athletes and non-athletes use performance enhancing drugs. We posit that adolescent athletes have different socio-economic incentives to use steroids than non-athletes. We examine adolescent steroid use using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Multi-sport upperclassmen and black males have a higher probability of steroid use. Steroid use is associated with motivations to change physical appearance and experimentation with illicit substances. These results suggest there are different socio-economic motivations for adolescent steroid use and that steroid use is an important component of overall adolescent drug use.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 208-216

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Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:2:p:208-216

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Keywords: Adolescent steroid use Health Sport participation and doping Socio-economic motivations for doping;

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  1. Nicolas R. Ziebarth & Gert G. Wagner, 2013. "Top-down v. Bottom-up: The Long-Term Impact of Government Ideology and Personal Experience on Values," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1280, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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