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Why might men be more at risk of suicide after a relationship breakdown? Sociological insights

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID: and Evans, Rhiannon Emily ORCID: 2015. Why might men be more at risk of suicide after a relationship breakdown? Sociological insights. American Journal of Men's Health 9 (5) , pp. 380-384. 10.1177/1557988314546395

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Relationship breakdown constitutes a major risk factor for suicide ideation and completion. Although no definitive conclusion can be reached about a gender differential in susceptibility to this factor, several studies have identified that there is an elevated risk factor in men following divorce and separation. This paper presents an overview of sociological explanations that may be employed to understand this phenomenon. There is discussion of: the changing nature of intimacy; men’s loss of honour; marriage as a more positive experience for men than for women; control in relationships; the increasing importance of the care of children for men; and men’s social networks. The paper concludes with possible implications for policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 04.04.14).
Publisher: Sage Journals
ISSN: 1557-9883
Funders: Samaritans
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 16 July 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 16:11

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