Abstract Plasma testosterone levels were determined in 18 young men in Officer Candidate School. Plasma testosterone levels were significantly lower during the early, stressful part of the course as contrasted with levels during the senior phase. This finding represents the first evidence in humans supporting the hypothesis that psychological stress suppresses levels of circulating plasma testosterone. References 1. Mason JW: A review of psychoendocrine research on the pituitary-adrenal cortical system . Psychosom Med 30:576-607, 1968.Crossref 2. Christian JJ: Endocrine adaptive mechanisms and the physiologic regulation of population growth , in Mayer WV, Van Gelder RG (ed): Physiological Mammology . New York, Academic Press, 1963, p 189. 3. Mason JW, Tolson WW, Robinson JA, et al: Urinary androsterone, etiocholanolone, and dehydroepiandrosterone responses to 72-hr avoidance sessions in the monkey . Psychosom Med 30:710-720, 1968.Crossref 4. Mason JW, Kenion CC, Collins DR, et al: Urinary testosterone response to 72-hr avoidance sessions in the monkey . Psychosom Med 30:721-732, 1968.Crossref 5. Rose RM, Bourne PG, Poe RO, et al: Androgen responses to stress: II. Excretion of testosterone, epitestosterone, androsterone and etiocholanolone during basic combat training and under threat of attack . Psychosom Med 31:418-436, 1969.Crossref 6. Infantry Officer Candidate Manual , United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Ga, 1970, p 2-2. 7. Murphy BEP: Some studies of the protein-binding of steroids and their application to the routine micro and ultramicro measurement of various steroids in body fluids by competitive proteinbinding . J Clin Endocr 27:973-990, 1967.Crossref 8. Mayes D, Nugent CA: Determination of plasma testosterone by the use of competitive protein-binding . J Clin Endocr 28:1169-1176, 1968.Crossref 9. Rose RM, Kreuz LE, Holaday JW, et al: Diurnal variation of plasma testosterone and comparison with plasma cortisol, to be published. 10. Rose RM: The psychological effects of androgens and estrogens: A review , in Shader RI (ed): Psychiatric Complications of Medical Drugs . New York, Raven Press, to be published. 11. Kreuz LE, Rose RM: Assessment of aggressive behavior and plasma testosterone in a young criminal population. Read before the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, April 1971. Abstract to appear in Psychosom Med.
Archives of General Psychiatry – American Medical Association
Published: May 1, 1972
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