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Men’s Mental Health Suffers After Divorce

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Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 1, 2013

Men's Mental Health Suffers After DivorceA new case study suggests that the toll of divorce may be particularly hard on men.

The study contradicts the notion that men are somehow bulletproof and much less susceptible to psychological trauma than women.

Researchers now report that divorced men have higher rates of mortality, substance abuse, depression, and lack of social support.

The new case study is found in the Journal of Men’s Health.

Authors Daniel Felix, W. David Robinson, and Kimberly Jarzynka contend there is an urgent need to recognize and treat men’s divorce-related health problems.

Divorce has been associated with a variety of psychological and behavioral disorders. Previous studies have shown that unmarried men live significantly fewer years than married men and tend to have more health problems.

For the specific case of the divorced 45-year-old man described in the case study and review, the authors recommend how to evaluate his complaints and plan a course of treatment based on current clinical guidelines.

“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,” said Ridwan Shabsigh, M.D.

Said Shabsigh, “The fact is that men get affected substantially by psychological trauma and negative life events such as divorce, bankruptcy, war, and bereavement.

“Research is urgently needed to investigate the prevalence and impact of such effects and to develop diagnosis and treatment guidelines for practitioners.”

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

 

APA Reference
Nauert, R. (2013). Men’s Mental Health Suffers After Divorce. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 20, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/10/01/mens-mental-health-suffers-after-divorce/60153.html

 

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