Are macho men more likely to die by suicide?

Longitudinal study explores traits that might influence suicidal thoughts and behaviour

Men who have strong traits that are traditionally and culturally considered to be masculine may be more likely to die by suicide, US researchers say.

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Using a nationally representative database of nearly 21,000 US adolescents followed into adulthood, the investigators developed a traditional masculinity trait score for each person regardless of whether they were male or female.

Participants whose scores were above one standard deviation from the mean were considered to have “high traditional masculinity”.

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