Troubled social background of male steroid abusers

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

We compared thirty-four AAS-abusing patients from an Addiction Centre 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.

Anabolic-androgenic steroid abusers displayed;

  • histories of a troubled childhood

  • current social disadvantage

  • poor relationships with their parents

  • physical or mental abuse.

The anabolic-androgenic steroid 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.

In conclusion, this study shows that abusers of anabolic-androgenic steroids often have a troubled social background.

Research report; Kurt Skarberg & Ingemar Engstrom. Troubled social background of male anabolic-androgenic steroid abusers in treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2007, 2:20. Article URL


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