Parenting Skills Influenced by Testosterone Levels, Empathy

By Rick Nauert PhD

A new University of Michigan study suggests a relationship between lowered testosterone and a father’s parenting skills during early childhood.

Researchers explain that while testosterone levels affect a man’s sex drive and other health factors, it also provides a window into men’s parenting.

Investigators found that when men saw their infants in distress, it lowered their testosterone. That factor, as well as being empathetic and having a loving relationship with the infant’s mother, predicted whether they were nurturing fathers.