Are Men More Likely Than Women to Want Kids? And Other News

A smiling father holds his son up in the airA popular stereotype holds that women are the ones eager to settle down, have lavish weddings, and then birth and care for babies. A recent piece in New York magazine’s The Cut calls this into question, highlighting yet again that stereotypes about men and women often have little to do with reality. The piece features several men who are eager to have kids, and the women they love who are less eager.

The story offers more than just anecdotes about men and women who eschew stereotypical gender norms, though. A 2013 poll found that 80% of men always wanted to be fathers, compared to 70% of women. And a 2011 survey found that attitudes about raising children are just the opposite of what gender stereotypes might suggest. In that survey, more men than women reported wanting children. Women were more likely to say they wanted personal space, independence, and time to pursue their interests and hobbies. 

Co-Pilot in Germanwings Crash Hid Medical Condition From Employer, Prosecutors Say

New evidence reveals that German pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is assumed to have deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday, had an illness that he apparently hid from his employer. Investigators found a doctor’s note in his home that excused him from work on Tuesday. It is still unclear whether Lubitz’s condition was psychological in nature, but speculation about his mental health is growing, suggesting the crash may have been a suicide. Like other inexplicable acts of violence, this story leaves the bereaved family and friends of the 149 people who perished in the crash along with Lubitz to struggle with anger, fear, and confusion about what may have happened.

Kids Who Are Adopted Get a Boost in IQ

A new study points toward environmental influences on intelligence and IQ. Compared to their biological siblings, adopted children have IQs that are, on average, 4.4 points higher than their unadopted siblings who were raised by their biological parents. The study’s authors caution that this does not rule out a genetic component to IQ. Rather, the study simply shows that both genes and environment influence intelligence. 

Bill Would Require Mental Health Evaluations of New Military Recruits

A new bill presented in the House of Representatives would require new military recruits to undergo a mental health evaluation. Current standards only evaluate a soldier’s physical capabilities, in spite of research suggesting that 20% of soldiers have a mental health issue when they enlist. The bill is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Glenn Thompson, a republican, and Ohio’s Tim Ryan, a democrat. 

Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention?

Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have long been correlated with brain health. Now, a small study suggests that boys with ADHD may have better attention spans when they supplement their diets with fish oil. Though the fish oil slightly boosted attention, it did not help with other symptoms of ADHD. 

MRIS Show Our Brains Shutting Down When We See Security Prompts

If you find your eyes glazing over as you go through security prompts to change your password or access your email, you’re not alone. MRI scans show that visual processing dramatically drops after seeing just one security prompt. After 13 views, the drop gets even larger, suggesting that current approaches to security prompts don’t capture users’ attention. The process may be due to habituation—our tendency to ignore that which we repeatedly encounter.

Impact of Parents’ Wartime Military Deployment and Injury on Young Children’s Safety and Mental Health

According to a study published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, parental deployments are particularly difficult for children. Children of deployed parents have more medical visits for mental health issues and injuries. They’re also more likely to experience mistreatment and abuse. Mental health problems, injuries, and maltreatment are even more common among children of parents who suffered an injury during their deployment.

Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

A study of more than 70,000 American women has found a correlation between pollution and anxiety. Women who lived in relatively more polluted areas reported higher levels of anxiety. Researchers say this doesn’t prove that pollution causes anxiety. Instead, it might be that other risk factors correlated with living in a polluted area– such as lung disease or living in a large city—contribute to anxiety.

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  • Erik

    March 27th, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    I have never met a man who ever wanted to have kids more than the woman… I mean, like never.

  • agnes

    March 27th, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Apparently it is no longer going to be enough to let pilots self report when they are depressed. I think that this is going to open up a whole new can of worms worldwide about the importance of keeping check on the mental health of people in numerous different professions.

  • Grace

    March 27th, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    It would be the big city thing for me causing the anxiety and it would just happen to be that a bigger city would have more smog. That would be the correlation for me.

  • maisy

    March 28th, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    In truth I think that I am pretty surprised that military recruits do not already have to undergo some sort of mental health evaluation? I mean, given the kinds of situations that these men and women find themselves in all the time I would think that it would be highly important to the military that these are people who show the most mental health acuity and fitness.

  • kelvin

    March 28th, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    If a child has ADHD and you actually get them to take the fish oil, and it helps with attention levels but not really any other things associated with ADHD, I am not sure that the reward is going to be worth the effort of getting them to do this. Couldn’t we find something that better helps to manage all of their symptoms?

  • Elise

    March 29th, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    I would love to know if there are any military rules about how many deployments a soldier must endure especially if they have young children at hoke. I know that they can’t bend the rules for one family and not another, but it would seem like at some point there could be some family considerations to take into account. Or maybe they do, I don’t know, not military and don’t even have one family member who is.

  • sean

    March 30th, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    I do not disagree in thinking that there are times that men want a child more than a woman does. I think that for most of us it is all about settling down and finding the right woman to start a family with. Most of us don’t just want any woman to be the mother of our child. It has to be the right one, and I think that when we do, there is an overwhelming need in all of us to get settled and start a family.

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