Childless men face depression


Men are just as likely to be depressed about being childless as women.

You may not hear about it as often, but men do suffer from depression, isolation, anger and sadness when they do not experience fatherhood.

Most childless adults want children

In addition to the depression men feel when childless, the research found that the leading influences on a man’s desire to have children are expectations from family and culture.

The survey involved 27 men and 81 women who were not parents. They were asked about their feelings about parenthood and why they did not have children. The data show that 59 percent of men and 63 percent of women wanted children.

More negative experiences for men than women

More men than women experienced isolation (50 percent vs 27 percent), depression (38 percent vs 27 percent), anger (25 percent vs 18 percent), sadness (56 percent vs 43 percent), and yearning for a child (69 percent vs 11 percent); however, none of the men had experienced guilt over remaining childless, whereas 16 percent of the women did.

“This challenges the common idea that women are much more likely to want to have children than men, and that they consistently experience a range of negative emotions more deeply than men if they don’t have children,” explained Robin Hadley, a researcher from Keele University, Staffordshire, England.

Different pressures for parenthood

Women said they felt a personal desire and a biological urge to have children, while men were more likely to cite societal, cultural and family pressure to have children.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, Human Reproduction


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