More than a feeling: The role of anticipated regret in predicting doping intentions in adolescent athletes

LAZURAS, Lambros, BARKOUKIS, Vassilis, MALLIA, Luca, LUCIDI, Fabio and BRAND, Ralf (2017). More than a feeling: The role of anticipated regret in predicting doping intentions in adolescent athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 30, 196-204.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.03.003

Abstract

Objectives: Anticipated affective responses influence decision-making processes in profound ways. The present study emphasized the role of anticipated regret and assessed the additive and interactive effects of anticipated regret in predicting doping intentions among adolescent athletes. Design: Survey-based, correlational. Method: Two hundred and sixteen adolescent athletes (M age = 17.37, SD = 1.68, 79.1% males) from team sports took part in the study and completed structured and anonymous questionnaires on social cognitive variables relevant to doping use, anticipated regret from engaging in doping and doping intentions. Results: Variance-based structural equation modeling showed that anticipated regret significantly predicted doping intentions over and above the effects of past use of doping substances and nutritional supplements, and other social cognitive predictors, and the overall model predicted 72% of the variance in doping intentions. Further analysis of interaction effects showed that anticipated regret significantly interacted with past use of nutritional supplements, and subjective and descriptive social norms in predicting doping intentions. Conclusions: Anticipated regret represents a theoretically relevant and important predictor of doping intentions in sports, and can have a protective role against pro-doping use intentions among athletes with past use of nutritional supplements. Regret also appears to be relevant to social norms and expectations, thus, highlighting for the first time a normative component in the process linking anticipated affective responses with behavioural intentions.

Item Type: Article
Departments: Development and Society > Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.03.003
Depositing User: Lambros Lazuras
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 16:41
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 16:41
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16815

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