Men More Likely Than Women to be Depressed over Childlessness
- Study: Men More Likely Than Women to be Depressed over Childlessness
By Katie McDonough 
April 13, 2013
There is a vast genre of movies and books dedicated to baby-crazy women on missions to get pregnant at any cost. (Consider: "What to Expect When You're Expecting," "The Switch," "The Object of My Affection," "Genesis 16:1 21:2 ," et cetera ad infinitum.)
But you will find very few corresponding stories about heterosexual men's struggle with childlessness. And that is weird, according to researchers at Keele University. Because, as one study found, they are kind of baby crazy, too.
Researcher Robin Hadley carried out a survey  of 81 women and 27 men who did not have children, and asked them if they wanted them. He found that men were almost as likely as women to want children 59 percent to 63 percent but actually morelikely than women to feel depressed, angry and jealous if they didn't have them.
Of the men who wanted children, 50 percent experienced isolation because they did not have them, compared with 27 percent of women; 38 percent experienced depression, compared with 27 percent of women; and 56 percent experienced jealousy of those with children, compared with 47 percent of women.
Of the results, Hadley said : "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 ongoing research since concluding his study, Hadley has interviewed other so-called involuntary childless men who further confirm that the desire for kids isn't just a female thing even if it is often culturally framed that way.
One respondent in his 60s explained his feelings rather bluntly: "If you don't have children or grandchildren then that dimension of your life is missing."
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Johnny five -
I'm not one of them. The population growth rate is basically out of control. So I consider missing that possible dimension a correct one and do not miss what I have not ever known.
Another statistically invalid study using a minute sample of men and women. Really, Alternet, be alternative. There is already way to much propaganda out there pushing parenthood and there is much more valid evidence to support the idea that people are can be quite happy without children.
This "study" is ridiculous. First, it was conducted on line, so people who were more interested in the subject were more likely to reply.
Second, the sample group was miniscule, 108 people.
Third, the sample group was over 80% women. So the "all men" conclusion was based on the "yes, I wants kids" comments of 16 guys. 16!!!
This is crap science and should be buried deep.
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