Date Approved

5-31-2006

Embargo Period

4-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College athletes--Drug use--New Jersey; Steroid abuse--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to provide data on the attitudes, knowledge, and deterrents of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III student-athletes related to illegal steroid abuse. One hundred and two student-athletes from Rowan University completed a survey to evaluate their knowledge of anabolic steroids and the NCAA Division III Drug-testing policy. The student-athletes also responded to statements regarding their current attitudes towards anabolic steroids and some deterrents to the use of steroids. Results indicated that NCAA Division III student-athletes do possess general knowledge of anabolic steroids and feel the use of anabolic steroids during athletic competition is morally wrong. The findings also suggest that there is a significant difference in the attitudes of male and female athletes in their opinions on anabolic steroid use, general knowledge of anabolic steroids, NCAA Drug-testing knowledge, and deterrents to the use of anabolic steroids.

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