Testosterone Levels, Empathy May Predict Dad’s Parenting Style

Testosterone levels and empathetic tendencies may predict a man’s parenting skills, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that when men saw their infants in distress, it lowered their testosterone levels–which can affect sex drive and other health factors.

During the study, researchers examined 175 men whose spouse/partner was pregnant with their second child. The researchers took hormone tests via saliva samples to assess father-infant interaction. Participants were also required to participate in a videotaped activity in which the child was separated from the father for a short period of time and then later reunited with him or her.

Kathleen Lees