Date of Award

Spring 1985

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

Fr. Joseph Harrington

Second Advisor

James Manion

Third Advisor

Guido Bugni

Abstract

Pregnant female mice of the strain AB-Y were subjected to psychological and physiological stress during the last two weeks of pregnancy. Stress was provided by subjecting the animals to bright lights, confinement, and temperature increase. The male offspring of these stressed mice were then compared with normal control males of non-stressed mothers to test for deviance in male sexual behavior of the prenatally stressed males. The two groups were tested by placing them with estrus lure female mice and observing the male sexual behavioral characteristics displayed. It was found that the prenatally stressed males showed lower levels of male sexual behavior than the control males.

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