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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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BRITO, Ariane de  and  FARO, André. Meanings of anabolic-androgenic steroids: a shock between desire and risk. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2017, vol.18, n.1, pp.102-114. ISSN 1645-0086.

This paper analyzes the structure and content of the meanings attributed to anabolic steroids androgenic (EAA) according to bodybuilding practitioners, in addition to identifying the main concepts about anabolic and compare, depending on the use or non-use of anabolic steroids, the lexical composition and meaning of these concepts. Participated 584 men in 15 gym academies of a Brazilian capital. We used a semi-open interview, addressing the EAA concept, body building practice time and use, actual or past, of EAA. The responses were analyzed with IRAMUTEQ software, trought Descending Hierarchical Classification and Factor Analysis. The results indicated three major classes of EAA concepts. It was verified a more evaluative and reductionist discourse (classes 2 and 3), especially among those who do not use such substances; and the mention of quick anabolic effects (class 1) in the discourse of those who use or have used EAA. At the end, it discusses about the EAA improper use, being more relevant when considering the pressures sociocultural that encourages the beautiful and discriminates those who flee to the beauty standard.

Keywords : meaning; drugs; steroids; hormones.

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