Survey: Teen attitudes on 'roids, HGH
Posted: Tuesday March 11, 2008 12:49PM; Updated: Tuesday March 11, 2008 12:49PM
In February Sports Illustrated surveyed 512 randomly selected teenagers, ages 12 to 17, about their use of and attitudes toward steroids and HGH.
Eight percent of the respondents (10 percent of the boys and 5 percent of the girls) said they knew another teen who had tried steroids.
Older teens (ages 15 to 17) were four times more likely than younger teens (ages 12 to 14) to know someone who had tried steroids (12 percent versus 3 percent).
Among teens who play organized sports, 97 percent said they would not try steroids or HGH even if they knew the substances would make them better athletes.
Of the remaining 3 percent -- all boys -- one-third said they would try steroids or HGH and two-thirds said they might.
Among the teens who said they would not try steroids or HGH to make them better athletes, 59 percent said it was because "they are harmful to my body."
Only 1 percent percent of the respondents said they would try steroids or HGH if they knew the substances would make their bodies look more impressive.
Fifty-one percent of those who would not try steroids or HGH to make their bodies look more impressive said it was because "they are harmful to my body."
Thirty percent of teens believe that most professional athletes use steroids or HGH, while 43 percent do not; 9 percent said they didn't know.
Thirty-five percent of the boys believe that most pro athletes use steroids or HGH compared with 24 percent of the girls.
Ninety-nine percent of teens said that hearing that some professional baseball and football players took steroids or HGH did not make them more interested in trying the substances.
Eighty-three percent of teens believe that professional athletes should be punished for taking steroids or HGH.