Single Fathers Suffer Increased Premature Mortality Risk than Single Mothers

Single fathers suffer increased premature mortality risk as compared to that of the single mothers, says a research published by Canadian families on Thursday.

Novel research following Canadian parents has observed that being a single dad leads to the higher risk of premature mortality if compared with the paired up parents and single mothers. Researchers came on the conclusion after tracking over 40,000 parents since 11 years, finding that single parents among those people died earliest, who had lived a minimal healthy lifestyle.

Previous study revealed in The Lancet Public Health couldn’t determine the reason behind sooner deaths of single dads. However, the risk their mortalities over the period of research became more than twice and even higher than other people, after adjusting their characteristics of age, socio-demographic, health and lifestyle.


Maria Chiu, a leading researcher of the study and scientist at the Toronto University’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services said in a statement that, “Our study does not identify the exact cause of the early death. We found that single fathers had a threefold higher mortality compared to single moms and partnered dads, and a five-fold higher mortality compared to partnered moms.”

Chiu added that, “On average, women are more likely to seek social support, whereas for the dads there are either real or perceived barriers. Women are more likely to engage in these social and community groups that are protective of their health. Our research highlights that single fathers have higher mortality, and demonstrates a need for public health policies to help identify and support these men.”