More Family Care Work May Protect Men from Suicide

From Ms. Magazine:

A new study found that men’s suicide rates were lower in countries where men reported more family care work—including when unemployment rates were high. Family care work was defined as providing personal care or education for a child, or providing care for a dependent adult.

The study tested my theory that men’s suicide vulnerability is related to men’s private life behavior (and specifically, their low engagement in family care work)—not only to the adversities that men may encounter in their public lives (for example, unemployment). The study’s findings suggest a new way to reduce men’s high suicide mortality: family care work.

In other words, if men assume more direct care work responsibilities at home, it may very well save their lives.

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