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.

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