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May 1972

Suppression of Plasma Testosterone Levels and Psychological Stress: A Longitudinal Study of Young Men in Officer Candidate School

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuropsychiatry, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;26(5):479-482. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750230089017

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.

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