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Prolactin and aggression in women with fertility problems

Barry, JA; Moran, E; Parekh, HS; Morewood, T; Thomas, M; Hardiman, PJ; (2014) Prolactin and aggression in women with fertility problems. J Obstet Gynaecol , 34 (7) 605 - 610. 10.3109/01443615.2014.901302. Green open access

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Abstract

This study tested the hypothesis that women with higher prolactin feel more hostility, anger and aggression. A total of 66 women with moderate fertility problems were grouped into the 50% who had the highest and the 50% who had the lowest levels of prolactin. Levels of hostility, aggression and anger were compared. Women with higher prolactin levels did not report significantly increased hostility. After Bonferroni correction, women with lower prolactin showed non-significantly increased scores on two measures of state anger, and on a measure of trait temper. When comparing those with the highest and lowest 20% of prolactin levels, those with lower prolactin had non-significantly higher scores on trait temper and outward expression of anger, and non-significantly lower scores for control of anger. Although non-significant, these findings run counter to those of earlier studies on this topic. Implications for future research and patient care are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Prolactin and aggression in women with fertility problems
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3109/01443615.2014.901302
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/01443615.2014.901302
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 Informa UK, Ltd. PDF made available by permission of the publisher.
Keywords: Aggression, anger, hostility, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, prolactin
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Reproductive Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1453628
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