Find out more about our project No2Doping and obtain latest information on the project's status.
The purpose of this study is the development, implementation, and evaluation of a psychosocial intervention program, focusing on values-based variables.
This project is funded by the Federal Institute of Sport Science (Az. ZMVI4-070301/18-19).
Doping, or the use of banned substances to enhance performance, is a prevalent phenomenon in sports, and has negative consequences both for athletes and for the integrity of sports in society. Therefore, it is essential to develop evidence-based interventions that aim to reduce doping intentions in young athletes. The purpose of this study is the development, implementation, and evaluation of a psychosocial intervention program that focuses on values-based variables.
In previous research, moral disengagement as well as moral atmosphere were identified as predictors for doping intentions (Kavussanu, Elbe und Hatzigeorgiadis, 2015) and are therefore the variables that the intervention tries to manipulate.
The sample will consist of 200 male and female athletes from team- and individual sports, aged between 13 and 19 years. A group of 80 athletes will receive the psychosocial intervention during a 6-week intervention phase. Meanwhile, another group of 80 athletes will receive a standard knowledge-based intervention and a control group of 40 athletes will no intervention. Doping intentions will be measured through hypothetical doping scenarios whereas the above-mentioned moral variables will be assessed through questionnaires. Using an experimental design with pre-test, post-test, and follow-up, we aim to investigate the effect of the psychosocial intervention on doping intentions of young athletes.
Based on the results of this study we plan to draw implications for instruction in elite sport schools and produce a manual that teachers can use for a value-based doping prevention.
At the end of November, we hosted the third meeting of the No2Doping project, funded by the Federal Institute of Sport Science. We are pleased to have welcomed about 20 attendees online, including cooporation partners and interested guests.
Our presentation focused on updating everyone on the project's progress, the significant number of new cooperation partners and participants, and the launch of our main study. Following our presentation, we answered and discussed questions and comments of those in attendance. We are grateful for the many valuable ideas and feedback in support of our project's progress.
We look back on 2020, an unusually disruptive yet successful year, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with our No2Doping project partners.
Get a glimpse of our anti-doping project work! These two short videos were produced in accordance with the call for a video competition of the Federal Institute of Sport Science.
Find out more about the competition on the website of the BISp (in German).
We are happy to have hosted the second meeting of our No2Doping project, funded by the Federal Institute of Sport Science. The project meeting took place this week and was attended by many of our project partners.
After an introduction round, the meeting started with the presentation of a video we produced showing No2Doping's vast network of collaborators. This was followed by a demonstration of the status quo, the description of the two intervention programmes – values-based and knowledge-based – as well as the presentation of another video, which provided insights into the values-based intervention programme.
We are very thankful for the feedback and fresh ideas of all attendants, and look forward to the next stage of our project.
- September 2020
launch of the main study (currently on hold since November 2020 due to COVID-19 measures)
- August – November 2020
application and admission granted to conduct the main study at sport schools in Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia
- August 2020
second launch and conclusion of the pilot study
- May – August 2020
acquisition of further participants and cooperation partners
- March 2020
first launch of the pilot study (suspended due to COVID-19 measures)
- July 2019 – March 2020
design of the curriculum and teaching material for the intervention programme
- July – September 2019
data collection for the validation of the survey
- July 2019
presentation of study design at the FEPSAC congress in Münster, Germany
- May 2019
presentation of study design and the results of our survey validation at the ASP convention in Halle, Germany
- March – May 2019
data collection and analysis for the validation of the survey (pilot study)
- February – June 2019
translation and design of questionnaires
- January 2019
kick-off event with project partners