One study participant in his 60s explained, “If you don’t have children or grandchildren then that dimension of your life is missing.”
According to a new study from researchers at the UK’s Keele University, it appears that heterosexual men may be just as “baby crazy” as women, if not more. As Salon reports, Robin Hadley, the lead researcher for the study, found that “men were almost as likely as women to want children, 59 percent to 63 percent.” But what was truly surprising was that he discovered that a higher percentage of men than women felt depression, anger, and jealousy if they didn’t have children.
Of the men who wanted children, 50 percent experienced isolation because they did not have them, compared with 27 percent of women; 38 percent experienced depression, compared with 27 percent of women; and 56 percent experienced jealousy of those with children, compared with 47 percent of women.
Hadley says that the results of the study, and ongoing research he is still conducting with so-called “involuntary childless men,” truly challenges the belief that women are more inclined than men to want children, and that women “consistently experience a range of negative emotions more deeply than men if they don’t have children.” In fact, one could point to this new research as more proof that the assertion of a man’s parental drive being less than a woman’s is simply a construct of society and has no bearing in fact whatsoever.
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Thank you @OrenCEisenberg for the lead on this story.