Research Suggests Divorce Has A Negative Impact On Men's Health

Published: 9th October 2013

According to a new study published by the Journal of Men's Health, divorce can have a serious negative impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of men. The research suggests that divorced men are far more prone to alcohol and drug abuse and depression, which in turn can increase the risks of high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease.

Divorce is becoming increasingly common across all cultures and societies, with 25% of marriages in Japan, 30% of marriages in England, Wales and Australia and over 50% of marriages in the United States ending in divorce.

The study entitled 'The influence of Divorce on Men's Health' investigates the overall influence of marriage on men's health and found that the mortality rate is 250% higher for unmarried men, with cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stokes causing more premature deaths in divorced men. Suicide rates are also far higher, with an increase of 39% for separated and divorced men when compared to married men.

It is also believed that health problems in divorced men also worsen over time, as it has been found that married men take more care over their health with more frequent GP visits and more a positive outlook on their health and well being overall. One of the reasons for this is the financial impact and loss of social support that can happen following the conclusion of divorce proceedings.

The impact that divorce has on both physical and mental states is often hard to diagnose and is also easy to ignore. Physicians and counselling professionals often face difficult challenges in addressing emotional or social issues in men, as men tend to focus on physical symptoms, often neglecting the psychological issues that may be the route of the problem.

The president of the International Society of Men's Health said, "Popular perception, and many cultures as well as the media present men as tough, resilient, and less vulnerable to psychological trauma than women. However, this article serves as a warning signal not to follow such unfounded perceptions. The fact is that men get affected substantially by psychological trauma and negative life events such as divorce, bankruptcy, war, and bereavement."

Divorce not only effects separating couples, but can also have a long term negative health impact on the lives of their children. Parental divorce during the childhood of a male has been associated with a greater risk of substance abuse and physical health problems in later life, often thought to be caused by a lack of financial resources or a stable family environment following a family breakup.

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