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 7, 8. Divorced and separated men are nearly 2.4 times more likely to kill themselves than married men 8. 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 7. Fathers who have lost some or all contact with their children for a long time following separation or divorce may become depressed and suicidal.

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