Fatherhood can be transformative for men’s bodies and minds, but this change is largely dependent on the physical proximity of the dad in the home — in other words if they live with their children and the mother of their children — according to W. Bradford Wilcox in an article for Slate.
“Studies suggest that after the arrival of a baby men’s testosterone falls, while their prolactin levels rise. These hormonal shifts are significant because testosterone is associated with aggression and heightened libido, whereas prolactin is associated with heightened levels of parental care. Taken together, these hormonal shifts seem to prepare men to settle down, steer clear of attractive alternatives, and engage their children,” says Wilcox.
In addition, Wilcox explains that fathers that live with their children are less likely to be depressed, more likely to earn more money, less likely to attend bars and more likely to attend church.
In the end, “When it comes to fatherhood, it’s all about location, location, location,” says Wilcox.
- Jay Evensen: Ask people in the Third World if...
- In our opinion: Alleged medicinal benefits of...
- My view: Medical marijuana: Google vs. PubMed
- My view: Scouting: Friend or foe?
- My view: Does going to pot send the wrong...
- Rely on invisible hand?
- George F. Will: Break the dentists' hold on...
- Jay Evensen: Legislature's pornography...
- In our opinion: National security and... 79
- Robert J. Samuelson: The false charms... 58
- Is it time for our first woman president? 55
- My view: Scouting: Friend or foe? 39
- Barack Obama: Religious freedom keeps... 33
- Jay Evensen: Legislature's pornography... 32
- In our opinion: Alleged medicinal... 30
- Letter: Coal and job creation 24