Exploring Relationships Between Passion and Attitudes Toward Performance Enhancing Drugs in Canadian Collegiate Sport Contexts

Authors

  • Austin W. Wilson University of Waterloo
  • Luke R. Potwarka University of Waterloo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2014-0093

Keywords:

passion, attitudes toward performance enhancing drugs, collegiate and recreational sport

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore relationships between passion and attitudes toward performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Participants were 587 male and female varsity and coed intramural athletes from four Southern Ontario universities. Athletes completed the passion scale (Vallerand et al., 2003) and the performance enhancement attitudes scale (Petróczi, 2006). Full sample regression analyze revealed that higher scores on obsessive passion items were associated with more permissive attitudes toward PEDs (B =, 26, p < .001), while higher scores on harmonious passion items were associated with less permissive attitudes toward PEDs (B = -.29, p < .001). Moreover, obsessive passion emerged as a significant positive predictor of attitudes toward PEDs in all study contexts (i.e., coed recreational athletes, male/female varsity athletes). Implications for sport administrators, study limitations, and possible avenues for future research are discussed.

Author Biographies

Austin W. Wilson, University of Waterloo

The authors are with the Dept. of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Luke R. Potwarka, University of Waterloo

The authors are with the Dept. of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Published

2015-12-01

How to Cite

Wilson, A. W., & Potwarka, L. R. (2015). Exploring Relationships Between Passion and Attitudes Toward Performance Enhancing Drugs in Canadian Collegiate Sport Contexts. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 8(2), 227–246. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2014-0093