A recent research has claimed that men are likely to face depression if they don't have kids. They tend to associate jealousy, loneliness, and depression as consequences of their insufficiency to have a family, as per the research showed to the British Sociological Association's annual conference yesterday.
Unlike childless women who express their feelings of a "biological" need, men tend to articulate cultural and family expectations. However, unlike men, women are found to be more eager for a second child in normal cases.
The results were shared by Robin Hadley, a counsellor and doctoral student at Keele University, after he interviewed two samples of men and women with and without children. From the participants, some 50% men shared that they have experienced "isolation" unlike about 25% women in consequent to being childless. Out of 10 childless men, four have suffered depression as compared to 3 out of 10 such women.
"This challenges the common idea that women are much more likely to want to have children than men, and that they consistently experience a range of negative emotions more deeply than men if they don't have children", said Hadley, while asserting that there is lot to be done to explore more about desire for fatherhood among men.