Academic journal article Psychologische Beiträge

Configural Frequency Analysis of Factors Associated with Testosterone Levels in Vietnam Veterans

Academic journal article Psychologische Beiträge

Configural Frequency Analysis of Factors Associated with Testosterone Levels in Vietnam Veterans

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The androtype model proposed by Nyborg (1994) assumes that testosterone is negatively related to age, height, fat/muscle ratio, and intelligence. In the present evalution based on a sample of 4462 Vietnam veterans, the hypothesis of nonlinear configurations between these variables was tested by applying configural frequency analysis (CFA) using 5 variables at a time (age, height, body mass index (=BMI), testosterone (T), and either performance on Information or Block Design or levels of social class as variable 5. Comparisons were performed between configurations in two age groups and between types obtained with the two intelligence measures and social status. Finally, three Contingency Structure Analyses were performed to identify if higher order interactions could be accounted for by bivariate or triple contingencies with T. Results showed that testosterone levels seem to be determined not only by linear relationships with body built and psychosocial variables but also by configurations with these variables.

Key words: Testosterone, Configural Frequency Analysis, Contingency Structure Analysis Konfigurationsfrequenzanalyse von Testosteron-assoziierten Merkmalen bei Vietnam-Veteranen

Das Androtypen-Modell von Nyborg (1994) geht von einer negativen Beziehung zwischen Testosteron and Alter, GroBe, Fett/Muskelindex and Intelligenz aus. Die vorliegende Auswertung hatte zum Ziel, an einer Stichprobe von 4462 Vietnam-Veteranen mit Hilfe der Konfigurationsfrequenzanalyse (KFA) zu profen, ob nicht-lineare Beziehungen in Form von Konfigurationen zwischen diesen Variablen bestehen. Dabei warden jeweils 5 Variablen in die Analyse einbezogen (Alter, GroBe, Body-Mass-Index (= BMI), Testosteron (T) and entweder LeistungsmaBe in allgemeinem Wissen oder dem Mosaiktest des WechslerTests oder der Sozialstatus als Variable 5). Vergleiche warden zwischen Konfigurationen in zwei Altersgruppen and zwischen Typen vorgenommen, die mit beiden LeistungsmaBen oder Sozialstatus gewonnen waren. Schlie[lich warden drei Kontingenzstrukturanalysen berechnet, um zu priifen, ob Typen hoherer Ordnung dutch bivariate oder Tripelkontingenzen nit Testosteron erkl'rbar waren. Die Ergebnisse zeigten, dass Testosteron nicht nur durch lineare Beziehungen mit KorpermaBen and psychosozialen Variablen determiniert wird, sondem auch Konfigurationen mit diesen Variablen. …

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