Saliva can show violent behavior?


child violent behaviorA recent study states that a simple saliva test can be an effective tool to predict violent behavior.

The study, headed by Drew Barzman from Children’s Hospital Medical Center links between hormone concentrations in saliva and rude behavior.

A total of 17 boys were included in this study. Their ages ranged from 7-9 years. Saliva samples of the boys were then collected three times and the the content of hormones were examined, namely testosterone, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

“We believe that the saliva hormone test could help pediatricians to serve patients. In addition, we hope that the research could also provide better handling in school,” said Barzman, as quoted by Science Daily (26/03 ).

During the study, saliva testing methods was combined with a questionnaire to determine violent behavior in boys.

“This study basically aims to anticipate rough behavior, but we still need to do a lot of other things before stating conclusions,” said Barzman.

The results of the study was reported in the Psychiatric Quarterly journal.

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