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Testosterone and Religiosity as Predictors of Sexual Attitudes and Activity among Adolescent Males: A Biosocial Model

Citation

Halpern, Carolyn Tucker; Udry, J. Richard; Campbell, Benjamin C.; Suchindran, Chirayath M.; & Mason, George A. (1994). Testosterone and Religiosity as Predictors of Sexual Attitudes and Activity among Adolescent Males: A Biosocial Model. Journal of Biosocial Science, 26(2), 217-34.

Abstract

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.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0021932000021258

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Biosocial Science

Author(s)

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

Year Published

1994

Volume Number

26

Issue Number

2

Pages

217-34

Reference ID

345