The risk of early death among fathers who are raising children on their own were more than two times higher than among married men with children or single mothers. These are the results of research conducted by canadian scientists from the University of Toronto for eleven years.
In research took part more than 40 thousand people, including single mothers, single fathers, and those who are married and raising children. The fathers of individuals the risk of premature death was higher than that of women or people of family. Experts also noted that single fathers are more likely to suffer from heart problems and was on average older than other study participants, however, the likelihood of early death among them was higher more than two times, even if adjusted for these factors.
Usually studies of this kind in themselves help to identify some relationship between the two phenomena, but are not evidence of specific causation. However, in this case, scientists tend to believe that the need to raise children alone, albeit indirectly, but does affect the chances of a person to live a long life.
Explaining the obtained results, the experts draw attention to the fact that fathers were often not the healthiest lifestyle was prone to alcohol abuse and the use of “harmful” food, and insufficient attention was paid to physical exercise. The second important factor scientists call the stress of a breakup a woman may greatly affect the man and at times threatens the mental health, the researchers said.
Although the observation was conducted exclusively in the territory of Canada, experts are inclined to believe that the results apply to many other countries — at least those in which the average level of welfare is about the same as in the Country of the maple leaf.
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