Post-script on Iranian Women and Divorce


In a previous post I commented on a study that examined Iranian women’s reasons for seeking a divorce.  I found this comment in another research article exploring the high rates of suicide among some Iranian women.

“Contrary to Western countries where single elderly men often exhibit the highest rates of suicide, the highest rates in Iran are found among young married women. It appears that marriage serves as a stronger protective factor against suicide for men than for women. In fact, as suggested by our focus on fatalistic suicide among Iranian women, marriage actually seems to act as a risk factor for suicide among females.”

This is clearly a troubling comment and an important area of continued study.

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