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Women´s Connectedness May Prevent Mental Illness And Suicide

Women connectedness is well known to be higher than men social interactions among peers. This characteristic may be well associated to many factors in female psychological structure. But what about if it was a natural mechanism of self protection against depression and suicide? This interesting article published by Reuters Health about a research conducted over the course of 18 years is really worth to read…

(Reuters Health) – Being connected to friends, family and social groups may offer some protection against suicide, suggests a new U.S. study.

Among more than 70,000 women followed for almost 20 years, those who were the most socially connected were about 75 percent less likely than the least-connected to die by suicide.

 

The nurses were asked a series of questions to determine their level of “social integration,” such as how many friends they had, how often they talked with friends, whether they were married. They were also asked about participation in religious and other social groups.

During those 18 years, there were 43 suicides among all participants.

According to Tsai, the researchers worried that those with the fewest social connections would also be those with mental illnesses, which might raise their suicide risk. But the study team took mental illnesses into account during their analysis, and the results held.

He also said that depression was not common among the women in the study overall.

“Like a lot of things in a research journal, this really calls for more research,” said Dr. Eric Caine, of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

“Participating in a broad range of social relationships – not just friends and relatives – but religious and social organizations can be good for your health,” he said.

Doctors may also benefit from knowing about their patients' social connections, Tsai said.

SOURCE: bit.ly/1IsjhkN and bit.ly/1IsjmF0 JAMA Psychiatry, online July 29, 2015.

For more information on this topic, see the original article by REUTERS. See here.

 

 

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