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Testosterone and religiosity as predictors of sexual attitudes and activity among adolescent males: a biosocial model.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8014178     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A biosocial model of the effects of early adolescent testosterone levels and religiosity on adolescent males' sexual attitudes and activity over a 3-year period was examined. Using panel data for approximately 100 boys who were 12.5/13.0 years old at study entry, significant additive effects of free testosterone and frequency of attendance at religious services were demonstrated on the transition to first intercourse and other aspects of sexual behaviour and attitudes. No interactive effects of the two predictors were found. Boys with higher free testosterone levels at study entry who never or infrequently attended religious services were the most sexually active and had the most permissive attitudes. Boys with lower free testosterone who attended services once a week or more were the least active and reported the least permissive attitudes. For some behaviours, differences between free testosterone/attendance groups increased over time, resulting in substantial behavioural differences by the final round of measurement 3 years later.
Authors:
C T Halpern; J R Udry; B Campbell; C Suchindran; G A Mason
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biosocial science     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0021-9320     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biosoc Sci     Publication Date:  1994 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-07-22     Completed Date:  1994-07-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0177346     Medline TA:  J Biosoc Sci     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior / physiology*
Coitus
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Humans
Male
Models, Biological*
Predictive Value of Tests
Questionnaires
Random Allocation
Religion and Psychology*
Sexual Behavior*
Sexual Partners
Southeastern United States
Testosterone / analysis*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
MH-33127/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; NICHHD HD05798/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; NICHHD HD12806/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
58-22-0/Testosterone

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