Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, BELIEFS OF YOUNG SPANIARDS REGARDING DOPING

Abstract

Javier Álvarez Medina, Alberto Nuviala Nuviala, Enrique Oliete Blanco, Pedro Manonelles Marqueta and Víctor Murillo Lorente

Doping has passed professional sport, reaching all areas of sport, including leisure and school sports. The objective of this study was to know the knowledge, beliefs and attitudes of young Spaniards about doping. 540 students between the ages of 12 and 13 participated. The CUPIAD scale was used that allows knowing the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of adolescents in this area. The scale consists of 17 items grouped into 5 factors: Concept, Utility, Methods, Sports-Doping and Behavior Origin. The results show a dispersion and heterogeneity that show the little knowledge that Spanish youth have about doping, which means that they do not have a clear attitude towards it and are vulnerable to any type of influence. It is necessary to introduce the doping content within the Spanish Educational System in the Physical Education curriculum, where contents such as smoking, alcohol and bullying are already working, to give the necessary training to both sports and non-sports children that allow them to form an idea clear and emphatic against it that leads them to reject it bluntly.

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