Comparison of the narcissism level of the bodybuilders before and after the application of anabolic steroid cure
The aim of the study was to compare narcissism levels of bodybuilding athletes in elite level before and after anabolic steroid cure. Method: The sample group of the study was composed of a total of 42 bodybuilding athletes who use steroids and voluntarily participated in the study. A control group of 22 people was also established and they did not use steroids. Personality Inventory was used as a data collection tool. 16-question Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI-16) was coordinated by Daniel R. Ames and his colleagues at Colombia University. Paired sample t-test and descriptive statistical analysis were applied in the analysis of the data. Results: Before the steroid cure, the athletes’ narcissism level was found to be (8, 5714), after steroid cure, the athletes’ narcissism level was found to be (13, 4286). Conclusion: According to the statistical analysis results, it was determined that there was an increase in narcissism levels of the athletes after steroid cure. When this result is evaluated according to the characteristics of narcissistic personality, it can be said that after anabolic steroid cure, athletes more liked their bodily and physical characteristics. © 2018 by authors, all rights reserved.