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Discussion in 'Men's Health Forum' started by Michael Scally MD, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

    Higher testosterone Levels are Associated with Unfaithful Behavior

    Highlights
    · A robust relation between higher testosterone and increased unfaithful behavior was observed.
    · Infidelity was measured using direct and sensitive indirect (crosswise) questioning.
    · In this sample of men aged between 40 and 75 years, 37.5% men answered having been unfaithful in the current relationship
    · Subsample analysis indicates a positive association between testosterone and infidelity to be present primarily in men without sexual dysfunction.

    Background Infidelity in romantic relationships is a common, but severe issue often causing breakup and severe psychological impairment. Higher levels of testosterone are related to mating-behavior, sexual desire, and infidelity in men with sexual dysfunctions. Previous studies, have insufficiently addressed the potential role of testosterone in infidelity in healthy men.

    Methods A sample of 224 middle-aged self-reporting healthy men being currently in a relationship completed questionnaires on relationship characteristics, infidelity, and provided overnight-fasting saliva samples for testosterone quantification.

    Results In the sample, 37.5% men answered having been unfaithful in the current relationship, while 29% were identified as fulfilling criteria for a sexual dysfunction. Adjusting for covariates, a significant positive association for the frequency of unfaithful behavior and testosterone levels emerged. Subsample analysis indicates a positive association between testosterone and infidelity only to be present in men without sexual dysfunction.

    Conclusion Unfaithful behavior in males is associated with higher testosterone levels.

    Klimas C, Ehlert U, Lacker TJ, Waldvogel P, Walther A. Higher testosterone levels are associated with unfaithful behavior in men. Biological Psychology 2019:107730. Higher testosterone levels are associated with unfaithful behavior in men - ScienceDirect
     
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  2. HeadDoc

    HeadDoc Psychologist

    However, that is just a group statistic. It still remains an individual choice, with or without higher testosterone levels.