Presentation Title: Biological Levels of Testosterone, Social Support and Chronic Health

Section: Predicting the Future III

Location: , 219

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:30pm - 1:45pm


Second digit and fourth digit finger ratios have been linked to ones exposure to prenatal testosterone, these organizational effects have been found to influence the impact of circulating testosterone in adulthood.  Fluctuating levels of testosterone interact with challenging situations, predicting cortisol reactivity, a precursor to poor health. The present two studies explored whether levels of biological testosterone create a risk for poor health, and whether actual or perceived social support serves as a buffer for poor health outcomes.  Study 1 found differences in general health between collegiate varsity athletes (high social support) compared to non-athletes (low social support), health and finger ratios while controlling for reported athleticism.  Consistent with predictions, it was found that non-athlete individuals with low levels of biological testosterone reported worse chronic health.  A follow up study was then conducted exploring connections between perceived social support, stress and chronic health as it related to individual’s finger ratios. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Psychology

Presentation Topic: Public Health

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Presenter(s): Brooks, Madeline Jean, Conroy, Kristina, Kirk, Scarlett Thira
Major(s): Psychology
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Sellers, Jennifer
Dept(s): Psychology

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