Early Parental Death Could Affect Boys More Than Girls, Researchers Found

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The findings of significant long-term research reveal that males may be more likely than girls to experience the general ill health and financial ramifications of losing a parent at a younger age. According to the available data, suffering the death of a parent before reaching the age of 21 is strongly associated with poor mental health, unemployment in adulthood, and poorer wages. This is true for people of both sexes.

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Early parental mortality is highly connected with a higher risk of children’s poor psychological well-being in adulthood for both males and females, but often more for males. This risk is much higher for those children who have a father who died before their 18th birthday. Researchers studied whether or not experiencing the death of a parent prior to the age of 21 was associated with a range of markers of poor mental health and job performance between the ages of 26 and 30, in addition to the question of whether or not gender had any role in the connections.

There were around 65,797 persons who lost a parent before the age of 21, and this was linked with a larger likelihood of hospital admission for mental illness than it was for those who experienced this before the age of 30.

Boys and young men who experienced losing their moms at a younger age were roughly 2.5 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for deliberate self-harm than those who suffered the loss of their mothers in their 30s.

Because this was an observational study, the researchers acknowledged, as a matter of course, that it is impossible to take into account all of the potentially important elements, such as personality traits, that may have had an effect on the connections that were identified. In addition, the research did not take into consideration any moderate mental health concerns, nor did it take into account any (shared) genetic or environmental influences in childhood, all of which the researchers concede may have had a role.

In a similar vein, the research found that adolescent girls and women who had prematurely lost their dads had around twice the risk of developing a drug use disorder compared to those who had not gone through this trauma. Additionally, early maternal mortality was connected to a large rise in the prevalence of stress disorders.

The study was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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