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Old 05-22-2013, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I found this small study. Childless Men More Depressed Than Childless Women, Study Finds

It is a small sample size, but the outcome was significant enough, I'd lay bets they'll do a larger follow up study to see it it's true.

Honestly, I've always presumed that men who don't have kids, are of the childfree variety. Probably sexist of me. I read some comments and some topics came up that I haven't given much thought about. How exactly does a guy have a baby if he doesn't have a significant other? I suppose they could adopt, but if they want a child they are genetically related to, they'd need to go to India and pay for a surrogate mother. That sounds tricky.

Do you think around the same number of men want kids as women do? Why would they be more depressed when/if they don't have children? Or do you think no discussion can be had until a larger study is performed?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:15 PM
 
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What is the difference between childless and childfree?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:18 PM
 
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I thought this was about American guys I was like no way then I saw this was a British study so it's understandable and believable in my opinion.

A guy can have a baby without a significant other through surrogacy or egg donor little difference from a gal doing surrogacy or sperm donor.

I think the same number of guys think they want kids as the number of gals that want kids. Possibly guys are depressed when/if they don't have children because it's seen as an evaluation on his sperm aka his virility.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:20 PM
 
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Misleading title. It should state that Childless men are "more likely to be depressed", not "more depressed".
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:21 PM
 
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What is the difference between childless and childfree?
People often choose to not have children and are happy with their decision. That is termed childfree.

Those that did not actively choose to not have children are childless.

These are two very different situations.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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Misleading title. It should state that Childless men are "more likely to be depressed", not "more depressed".
Whoops! Sorrry. I just copied it from the article.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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Whoops! Sorrry. I just copied it from the article.
I know.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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What is the difference between childless and childfree?
Choice.

Childfree is a term embraced by a group who actively choose not to be parents (may or may not be fairly militant about it).

Childless is typically used to denote people who may want to have children, but for whatever reason, have not been able to.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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Moved from Relationships to Psychology.

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Old 05-24-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Even though some men would never want the responsibility of having a kid, the fact that no woman has ever wanted to have a kid with you is still a very huge hit on your ego and manhood. They really should dive into the reasons why these men are depressed. I bet these men also have very little success in relationships.
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