Men whose parents were divorced before they turned 18 are two to three
times more likely to seriously consider suicide, according to a new study
conducted by Dr. Fuller-Thomson.
However, women whose parents divorced before that same age were not as
affected. They were also plagued by increased thoughts of suicide but
they were more often linked to other traumatic events. Conducted at the
University of Toronto, the study reveals that since children are more
likely to be taken into custody by their mothers, the reduced contact
with a male role model could be significant in the way men thought later
on in life. Fuller-Thomson adds that "other research has indicated
a positive father figure is very important for young men and boys, to
develop their gender identity and learn ways to regulate their emotions
and enhance their mental health."
It is important to add that thought of suicide only affected a small amount
of those in the study, and that parents considering divorce now shouldn't
take this research to mean that that their children could be at risk.
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