A new study suggests that childless men tend to be more depressed than women.
Researchers at Keele University discovered that men without kids tend to blame their unhappiness on the fact that they are childless. These individuals are also said to associate loneliness and jealousy with their lack of children.
The study also revealed that childless men tend to be more depressed than women who don’t have kids. While four out of 10 men blamed the lack of children on their sadness, only three out of 10 women did the same.
“My work shows that there was a similar level of desire for parenthood among childless men and women in the survey, and that men had higher levels of anger, depression, sadness, jealousy and isolation than women and similar level of yearning,” explained study author Robin Hadley.
Hadley added, “There is very little research on the desire for fatherhood among men. 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.”
In addition to childless men being more depressed than women, they are also experience anger that is often directed towards those who do have kids.
The information was presented during the annual meeting of the British Sociological Association in London. Researchers explained that 27 men and 81 women who didn’t have kids were polled in order to collect the data.
The study also revealed that men tend to desire fatherhood out of societal pressure or obligation. The more they are confronted with the idea of becoming a father, the greater the desire. Researchers said women are driven by biological urges.
Of the individuals polled by Hadley’s team, 59 percent of men felt the desire to become a father at some point in their lives. Approximately 63 percent of women wanted children.
Do you agree that childless men are more depressed than women who don’t have kids?