Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Men suffer more than women in marriage breakup, research suggests

Who suffers most when marriages break up, men or women? asks my That's Men for You column in today's Irish Times. Recently published, long-term Canadian research suggests that when it comes to depression it is men who are most affected. This may be because men are more likely than women to lose their social supports when their marriages end. The article is part of the Irish Times' premium content so I can't reproduce it here.

The research is derived from Canada's capital National Population Health Survey which tracked more than 7000 people between 1994 and 2005. It showed that those men whose relationships had been ended by divorce or separation by the end of the period were six times more likely to have experienced depression than those who were still married. By contrast, divorced or separated women were 3.5 times more likely to have been depressed than those who were still married. There is more on the research here on PsychCentral.....




1 comment:

Peter said...

Break ups and falling apart of relationships is one of the most potent causes of mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Dealing with depression after divorce is definitely a much tough and asking task. Unfortunately, outside factors are not that much of a help as far as dealing with depression after divorce is concerned. Though one can take the help of depression drugs like xanax , fighting depression after a personal calamity depends much on the person.