Expert in the field Dr Boadie Dunlop from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, wrote in the British Journal of psychiatry that he believes two large shifts are currently underway which may increase rates of depression among men.
The first of the major changes is that society is now encouraging men to be more open about the way they feel so they no longer see expressing their emotions as a weakness. Secondly, ‘restructuring’ now means that traditional male jobs such as manufacturing are now being done by cheap labour abroad or are being made obsolete by advances in technology.
Dunlop believes these changes are likely to effect men far more than women, as males have always attached a greater importance to their role as primary breadwinner for their family.
‘Men’s failure to fulfil the role of breadwinner is associated with greater depression and marital conflict.’ Said Dunlop.
In contrast Professor Cary Cooper, from Lancaster University Management School is of the opinion that breaking down the stereotypical male bravado that everything is fine may actually have positive implications on both the physical and mental health of men.
‘As a generalisation, men are less emotionally intelligent than women and have not traditionally been encouraged to share their feelings. You could argue if men do become more open they may have better outcomes as a result.’ He said.
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