Whistleblowing against Doping Misconduct in Sport: A Reasoned Action Perspective with a Focus on Affective and Normative Processes

LAZURAS, Lambros, BARKOUKIS, Vassilis, BONDAREV, Dmitriy, NTOVOLIS, Yiannis, BOCHAVER, Konstantin, THEODOROU, Nikolaos and BINGHAM, Kevin (2021). Whistleblowing against Doping Misconduct in Sport: A Reasoned Action Perspective with a Focus on Affective and Normative Processes. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

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Whistleblowing against doping misconduct represents an effective deterrent of doping use in elite competitive sport. The present study assessed the effects of social cognitive variables on competitive athletes’ intentions to report doping misconduct. A second objective was to assess whether the effects of social norms on whistleblowing intentions were mediated by actor prototype evaluations and group identification and orientation. In total, 1,163 competitive athletes from Greece, Russia, and the United Kingdom completed a questionnaire on demographics, past behavior, social cognitive variables, and intentions toward whistleblowing. Regression analyses showed that whistleblowing intentions were associated with different social cognitive variables in each country. Multiple mediation modeling showed that attitudes and subjective norms were associated with whistleblowing intentions indirectly, via the effects of anticipated negative affect and group identification and orientation, respectively. The findings of this study are novel and have important implications about the social, cognitive, and normative processes underlying decision making toward reporting doping misconduct.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport Sciences; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 13 Education; 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2020-0122
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2021 17:49
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 16:25
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28175

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