NO WIFE? HAPPY LIFE; Marriage Bad for Men's Mental Health
Byline: DEMELZA DE BURCA
IT'S good news for the eternal bachelor - the single life is better for your mental health.
Researchers have found Irish men are happiest when single, with figures revealing their mental health declined when they tied the knot.
The University College Cork survey on the psychological well-being of 15,000 men and women over an eight year period from 1994 to 2001, proved the bachelor life is best for men.
It showed blokes are happiest when single and not engaged in professional or managerial work and are more content than single women.
But the findings show that women are happiest when married, a parent and living in a "nice" rural area.
Economics lecturer at UCC Lee-Ann Burke said: "The general consensus is married men are happier and are physically healthier because their wives will encourage them to go to the doctor more.
"We don't know why, but men's mental health declined when they were married.
"It could be the stress of having a family or income pressures."
RTE sports broadcaster Marty Morrissey reckoned the reason men's well-being declines after marriage is that Irish bachelors grow more selfish as they get older and are "so used to doing their own thing". But Morrissey, who is in a relationship, said most Irish men do want to settle down because "we all want and need to be loved". Morrissey, who is in his 40s, said finding a partner can prove difficult in rural Ireland. …