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Relationships between Aggression and Pubertal Increases in Testosterone: A Panel Analysis of Adolescent Males

Citation

Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; Udry, J. Richard; Campbell, Benjamin C.; & Suchindran, Chirayath M. (1993). Relationships between Aggression and Pubertal Increases in Testosterone: A Panel Analysis of Adolescent Males. Social Biology, 40(1-2), 8-24.

Abstract

Existing data linking testosterone (T) and aggression in human adult males are surprisingly tenuous. In one of the few studies based on adolescent males, Olweus et al. (1988) demonstrated strong relationships between concurrent measures of T and aggression. However, the conclusions that could be drawn regarding developmental change were limited. Using data from a three-year panel study of 100 adolescent males (ages 12 to 13 at study entry), we examined whether there are significant relationships between concurrently collected measures of T and self-ratings of aggression, and whether the dramatic pubertal rise in T predicts subsequent change in aggression ratings. Panel analyses incorporating concurrent, lagged, and change measures found few significant relationships between aggression and T or pubertal development. The general absence of T/aggression relationships is discussed in the context of other empirical findings, the aggression measures used, and prepubertal differentiation on aggression.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19485565.1993.9988832

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Biology

Author(s)

Halpern, Carolyn Tucker
Udry, J. Richard
Campbell, Benjamin C.
Suchindran, Chirayath M.

Year Published

1993

Volume Number

40

Issue Number

1-2

Pages

8-24

Reference ID

106