Social validation: a motivational theory of doping in an online bodybuilding community

  title={Social validation: a motivational theory of doping in an online bodybuilding community},
  author={Brendan T. Hutchinson and S. Moston and Terry Engelberg},
  journal={Sport in Society},
  pages={260 - 282}
Abstract Doping research has predominantly been framed through an ethical lens, implicitly restricted to the realms of elite sport. Despite increasing anecdotal evidence of growing prevalence rates amongst recreational athletes, such as bodybuilders, these populations have largely been neglected within psychological research. This study aims to develop a theoretical framework relevant to these athletes. Data were collected over a five-month period from an online community forum dedicated to… Expand
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