The development and evaluation of a moral intervention aimed to prevent doping in sport: A cluster randomized control trial

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Kavussanu, M. and Hurst, P. 2020. The development and evaluation of a moral intervention aimed to prevent doping in sport: A cluster randomized control trial. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
AuthorsKavussanu, M. and Hurst, P.
Abstract

Objectives. We aimed to develop a moral intervention and determine whether it is more effective than an educational (i.e., knowledge-based) intervention; our primary outcome was doping likelihood, and our secondary outcomes were moral identity, moral disengagement, moral atmosphere, and anticipated guilt.

Methods. Eligible athletes (N = 303) in the UK and Greece took part in the study. We randomly assigned 33 clubs to either the moral or the educational intervention. We measured our outcomes pre and postintervention and at a 3- and 6-month follow up.
Results. Athletes in both interventions in both countries reported lower doping likelihood and moral disengagement and higher guilt from pre to postintervention. These effects were
maintained at the 3- and 6-month follow up. There were no effects on moral identity or moral atmosphere.

Conclusions. As well as disseminating information about doping, doping prevention programs should include content that focuses on moral variables.

KeywordsMoral disengagement; Moral identity; Moral atmosphere; Anticipated guilt
Year2020
JournalInternational Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
PublisherHuman Kinetics
ISSN1612-197X
1557-251X
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Nov 2020
Accepted05 Oct 2020
Accepted author manuscript
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Restricted
Output statusIn press
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