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Will current socioeconomic trends produce a depressing future for men?

  • Boadie W. Dunlop (a1) and Tanja Mletzko (a1)
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The changing economic and social environment of Western nations is having a profound impact on men's lives. Men who assume a greater share of roles traditionally filled by women will experience challenges to traditional sources of male self-esteem, potentially heightening the risk for depressive disorders among men.

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Boadie W. Dunlop, MD, 1256 Briarcliff Road NE, Building A, 3rd Floor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. Email: bdunlop@emory.edu
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B.W.D. is supported by National Institutes of Health grant K23MH086690.

Declaration of interest

B.W.D. receives research support from the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, Evotec, Forest, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Pfizer and Wyeth. He has served as a consultant to Imedex, MedAvante and Pfizer.

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Will current socioeconomic trends produce a depressing future for men?

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