Anabolic-androgenic steroid use and involvement in violent behavior in a nationally representative sample of young adult males in the United States

Kevin M. Beaver, Michael G. Vaughn, Matt DeLisi, John Paul Wright

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We examined the effects of anabolic-androgenic steroid use on serious violent behavior. Multivariate models based on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N=6823) were used to examine the association between lifetime and past-year self-reported anabolic-androgenic steroid use and involvement in violent acts. Compared with individuals who did not use steroids, young adult males who used anabolic-androgenic steroids reported greater involvement in violent behaviors after we controlled for the effects of key demographic variables, previous violent behavior, and polydrug use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2185-2187
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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