Suicide in men: the time is ripe for active scientific investigations
Divorce and parental alienation may lead to stress‐related disorders and suicide in men . Divorced and separated men are nearly 2.4 times more likely to kill themselves than married men . Family breakdown leads to many difficulties for men including the possibility of parental alienation. Parental alienation is usually defined as a mental state in which a child, usually one whose parents are engaged in a high‐conflict separation or divorce, allies himself firmly with one parent (the preferred parent) and refuses a relationship with the other parent (the alienated parent) without legitimate justification . Fathers who have lost some or all contact with their children for a long time following separation or divorce may become depressed and suicidal.