In Pursuit of Physical Perfection: Weight Lifting and Steroid Use in Men
Bardick, Angela D.
Bernes, Kerry B.
Zone of Excellence
This study used a qualitative method to examine eight men’s motivations for weight lifting and steroid use. Results indicated that these men desired self-improvement, but their goal of obtaining the ideal masculine body became all-consuming and impeded their social and occupational functioning. Complex cognitive, interpersonal, mental health and personality issues became evident. In-depth assessment, accurate case conceptualization, and creative and individualized counseling or treatment are recommended for helping these individuals reach their goal of self-improvement in a healthier manner.
Weight Lifting , Anabolic steroids , Body image
Bardick, A. D., Bernes, K. B., & Nixon, G. (2006). In pursuit of physical perfection: Weight lifting and steroid use in men. Journal of Excellence, 11, 135-143.