Saturday, September 8, 2001

15,000 to 18,000 Divorced Men Commit Suicide Every Year

The Media Doesn't Publish & the Government Won't Release" Every year 24,000 men commit suicide. Every 22 minutes one male commits suicide. Based on the fact that a divorced male is 2.5 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than the average male, the estimate for divorced men, most likely fathers since there is tremendously more trauma placed on them, committing suicide every year would be 15,000 to 18,000 men.

Men more likely to commit suicide after divorce, study finds

Men seeking a good reason to salvage their marriages may want to consider this: A new study finds that divorced and separated men are two and a half times more likely to commit suicide than married men.

Divorce, however, doesn't seem to lead more women to commit suicide -- a surprising finding considering the popular wisdom that women suffer more than men after a divorce, according to the study, published this week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Listen to the typical shaming language in the cnn article above (published in 2000). Little did this idiots know that the obvious other recourse was not to marry in the first place. | Distraught Father's Courthouse Suicide Highlights America's Male Suicide Epidemic

The other most common suicide victims are divorced and/or estranged fathers like Derrick Miller. In fact, a divorced father is ten times more likely to commit suicide than a divorced mother, and three times more likely to commit suicide than a married father. According to Los Angeles divorce consultant Jayne Major:

"Divorced men are often devastated by the loss of their children. It's a little known fact that in the United States men initiate only a small number of the divorces involving children. Most of the men I deal with never saw their divorces coming, and they are often treated very unfairly by the family courts."

Men Wear Divorce Badly

Divorce may elevate suicide risk with raised psychological distress. (AP)

Divorced men face twice as high a risk of suicide as their married counterparts.

(CBS) How do married men fare after a divorce?

When it comes to some American men, apparently not well, according to a University of California sociologist who just published a large national study on divorce and suicide.

Augustine Kposowa of the University of California at Riverside, spoke from Los Angeles on his findings with The Early Show's Jon Frankel on Thursday."Divorced and separated persons were over twice as likely to commit suicide as married individuals," Kposowa states in his study. In fact, divorced men end up with twice as high a risk of suicide as their married counterparts.

He did not find such a high suicide rate among divorced women, however.

Kposowa gave three possible explanations, based on opinion.

First, he cites "financial obligations," adding that "The courts in the United States are in a position now whereby money is given to the woman, or the man is forced to pay alimony, child support. The man is also asked, in some cases, to vacate the house."

Kposowa also notes familial factors. "If a man loses custody of the children and the woman keeps those children, there are situations whereby she may not allow the man to see the children, and that causes some depression," he says.

And there are the methods used. "Generally the methods that men and women use to commit suicide are different. Men tend to use guns, for the most part, in the United States. In fact, in 60 percent of suicides that are committed are by a firearm, a gun."

"Women are, on the other hand, attempt suicide more often than men," Kposowa says. "Men are more likely to take their own life."

"Women tend to initiate divorce more than men," Kposowa notes. "They do think about suicide. They attempt suicide more often than men do, but men (are more likely to go through with it) because men use more lethal weapons, whereas women use less lethal weapons. If a man uses a gun, he's less likely to survive. If a woman uses drugs, medications,...her chances of survival are higher."

Read Sociologist's Study
Click here to read part of the report.

Here are some key points, excerpted from the study's findings, when adjusted for the effects of socioeconomic status:

* Men were nearly 4.8 times as likey to commit suicide as women.

* African Americans experienced a risk of suicide that was 61 percent lower than that of whites.

* In general, the lower the level of education, the higher the risk of suicide.

* As for income, only those in households with incomes between $5,000 and $9,999 (inclusive) had a significant suicide risk.

* Residents of Western states had much higher risks of suicide.

* Persons 55 to 64 years old were 41 percent more likely to kill themselves than youths (15 to 24).

* Those 65 years or older had a suicide risk that was 61 percent higher than the risk exhibited by individuals 15 to 24 years of age.

How does Kposowa explain the connection? "It may be marriage confers health and many other advantages which divorced persons lack," he writes.

The different findings by sex occur, he argues in the report, because "Perhaps women form greater supportive networks, such as meaningful friendships at a higher level than men, and regardless of their marital status." So when their marital status changes, women have their friends.

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"Although divorce is a crisis and a profoundly stressful life event for many people, men and women react to the crisis and stress differently. Men kill themselves, but women do not," he further writes.

The study, "Marial Status and Suicide in the National Longitudinal Mortality Study," published this month in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health considered data from the National Longitudinal Mortality Study, from 1979 to 1989. The samples came from the Current Population Survey, by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
The deaths of these men is equivalent to 5 or 6 9/11 incidents per year with children left without fathers and it doesn't cause a ripple in the pond of public, media or (big)government interest.

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