Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Motherhood= Lower Suicide Rates

I just read a fascinating article this morning about a study that links motherhood with lower suicide rates in women. You can read the entire article here: The More Kids, the Lower Moms' Suicide Rate

Here's an excerpt:

When Yang factored in a number of other variables — including the women's age at first birth, marital status and education level — the number of children a woman had remained linked to suicide risk.

It's possible, Yang said, that women with a large brood of children benefit from greater emotional or material support when times are tough.

Women who have several children also spend a larger share of their lives caring for young children compared with mothers who have one child; mothers who feel "needed," Yang noted, may be less vulnerable to suicide.

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