The psychophysiology of masculinity: a study of marital interactions
Abstract. The ability of men to interact with their wives when discussing negative emotional aspects of marriage was explored using a combination of psychological and physiological measures. Participants completed an attachment style questionnaire and a measure of marital satisfaction. Pre and post a conflictual marital discussion they supplied a urine sample to assess levels of catecholamine activation. Men reported significantly higher levels of adrenaline activation than women, indicating that marital discussions are stressful. Participants also show that securely attached individuals are more satisfied with their marriages than non secure styles. Finally, a very strong trend exists between attachment style and psychophysical activation. Implications for men, the impact of adrenaline on their bodies, and how they interact with women, are discussed.
The Psychology of Men and Masculinity