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Testosterone and Men's Depression: The Role of Social Behavior

Alan Booth, David R. Johnson and Douglas A. Granger
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 1999), pp. 130-140
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2676369
Page Count: 11
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Testosterone and Men's Depression: The Role of Social Behavior
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Abstract

Medical research suggests that testosterone has positive effects on mood (thereby reducing the chances of depression), and social science research finds testosterone to be related to antisocial behavior, risk behavior, unemployment and low paying jobs, and being unmarried-factors known to be positively related to depression. Analysis of a sample of 4,393 men finds a parabolic model best fits the data. The relationship between testosterone and depression is inverse for men with below average testosterone and direct for those with above average testosterone. The relationship disappears for those with above average testosterone when controls for antisocial and risk behaviors and the absence of protective factors such as marriage and steady employment are in the equation. The relationship is unchanged for those with below average testosterone. The results help explain the difference between medical and social research findings. Mechanisms accounting for the findings are explored.

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