- Psychology & the public
- What we do
- Member networks
- Careers, education & training
Baby fever exists in both women and men
Women and men both experience 'baby fever' - a moment in their lives when they change their minds about having children of their own, it has been found. New research from Kansas State University - home to 23,500 students - demonstrated this phenomena, which may be triggered by seeing baby clothes in a shop or thinking about ageing, does indeed exist.
The work is to be featured in an upcoming issue of Emotion - which is published by the American Psychological Association - and has been compiled through ten years of research by Gary Brase, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the institute and his wife Sandra Base, a Project Coordinator at the establishment's College of Education.
Mr Brase said baby fever is an idea often talked about in popular media when "at some point in their lives, people get this sudden change in their desire to have children".
He added: "While it is often portrayed in women, we noticed it in men, too."
Dr Sandra Wheatley, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "The ticking biological clock is not a newly identified phenomenon and it is one that we intuitively make sense of.
"For women, the time span for fecundity is shorter than for men so we expect and appreciate females to feel it more - but that it should be tangibly present in men too is a new and intriguing finding.
"However, on reflection it does make psychological sense - the advances in fertility research have shown categorically that men's ability to produce healthy offspring deteriorates with time so it shouldn't be that surprising to find that these physical changes are being translated into psychological urges."