Men more liable to depression after divorce

Men are more likely to suffer from depression after they break up with their spouse, according to a Canadian study released Tuesday

OTTAWA, May 22 (Xinhua) — Men are more likely to suffer from depression after they break up with their spouse, according to a Canadian study released Tuesday.

    Divorced or separated men were six times more likely to report a period of depression than men who stayed with their spouse. By contrast, divorced or separated women were 3.5 time more likely to experience depression than those still in a relationship, Statistics Canada has found.

    The study said while both women and men have a higher risk of depression two years after the end of a marriage or common-law relationship, most people said their depression ended within four years of breaking up with their partner.

    The findings were based on data collected by the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), which looked at the associations between depression and divorce.

    On average, slightly more than four percent of people aged 20 to 64 who were married or living with a common-law partner had separated two years later, when NPHS interviewed them again.

    Of that number, 12 percent said they had experienced a period of depression after their break-up, compared to three percent of people who remained in a relationship.

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