a study was done to compare the health of single fathers to that of single mothers, and partnered fathers and mothers over the course of 11 years. It was discovered that the mortality rate of single fathers was three times higher than that of either single mothers or partnered fathers and mothers. However there were only about 20% as many single fathers observed as single mothers or partnered fathers and mothers. There were also 6 factors listed that could lead to the mortality rate of single fathers being higher. These factors included the older age of single fathers, the lower fruit and vegetable consumption, higher stress levels, higher alcohol consumption, more social isolation and less likelihood to seek medical attention.
- An 11 year research study followed health trends of single mothers and single fathers and partnered couples.
- Single dads’ higher mortality rates could be due to advance age at the time of their child’s birth.
- Single dads were more stressed, drank more, and ate fewer fruits and vegatables.
“Maria Chiu found that the mortality in single fathers was three-times higher than the corresponding rates in single mothers and partnered people.”