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WADA PUBLISHES ANTI-DOPING RESEARCH PROJECT OF CURRENT SOCIAL SCIENCE LITERATURE
Dec 7, 2016
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to publish a Research Project, which it commissioned titled “Social psychology of doping in sport: a mixed studies narrative synthesis”. The Project was conducted by Professor Susan Backhouse and her research team at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom (UK); and, follows on from a 2007 research project led by the same researcher.
“WADA is pleased to assert, as supported by this Research Project, that society’s understanding of the behavior of doping and clean sport has grown considerably in the last decade,” said Rob Koehler, Deputy Director General, WADA. “We now have a clearer picture of what are the most effective approaches to tackling doping, even though there is still a lack of research in the area of evaluation of education interventions,” Koehler continued. “WADA and its partner organisations are committed to devoting more human and financial resources towards values-based education in order to enhance the effectiveness of the global anti-doping program.”
Encouragingly, the Project shows that social science research in the area of anti-doping has exponentially increased since 2007, with an average of 27 peer reviewed papers being published every year. This growth in the body of knowledge greatly adds to our understanding of doping in sport.