You may recall the media frenzy from a few weeks ago surrounding a recent study on Fatherhood & Testosterone – the NY Times covered it, MSNBC covered it, and countless other media sources across the U.S. Did testosterone levels really drop in new fathers? It was an interesting topic of conversation among bloggers, parents, and certainly the dads within our diverse and caring community of fathers. With most research findings, you might take it with a grain of salt because so much is unknown about the sample data or the conditions of the study. That surely includes this study as well – it was done on Filipino men, not dads in the U.S. Either way, we like our readers to hear all sides of a story…so here we get to hear from the lead author in the research study, Lee Gettler, as he shares his perspective walking us through the findings, their implications, and some of the logic he used in interpreting them.
I am the lead author on the PNAS research article published a few weeks ago that showed fatherhood caused testosterone to decline in a large group of men. Because of all the media coverage on the article and because we wanted to have a chance to elaborate on our discussion of the findings for the public, we wrote a guest blog at Scientific American, which went online today.
We hope that this contribution might be useful and interesting to the membership of the NYC Dads Group. If you wouldn’t mind taking a look at the entry and posting it to your group’s webpage, we would greatly appreciate it. We are really trying to spread the word about this to parents.
Read the complete post here: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/10/05/fatherhood-childcare-and-testosterone-study-authors-discuss-the-details/
Lee T. Gettler
Department of Anthropology