When it comes to attractive older white men, the men with money have a reputation for being more attractive than the men without money.
But this perception may be skewed by the fact that many older white male workers have no access to paid employment, or, worse still, lack health insurance.
This lack of access to affordable health care can result in an older white man having a higher risk of developing depression, a disease that is also found in men of colour.
The researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California compared the mental health of more than 100,000 men over the age of 50 in the US and Canada to the mental wellbeing of their own children and grandchildren.
They found that men with more money reported being more depressed than those without.
The study found that among the men in the study who had more money, those who were more financially secure were more likely to have more depression.
“The men who had money were more prone to be depressed, which is in line with what we’ve seen before,” said lead author and PhD student Michael Mascaro.
The authors said that the findings could be important for healthcare workers.
“It’s a warning signal that there is a gap in mental health care and healthcare providers need to start looking at older men who are vulnerable to mental health issues,” said Mascero.
This gap in care may be because older white workers who have more money may have access to more mental health professionals and resources than their counterparts of colour, and this may have an impact on their mental health.
“I think it’s important to understand that older white males may have a higher mental health risk because of the gap in health care resources between them and their peers,” Mascato said.
However, he also said that there are reasons to be concerned about the findings.
“We know from previous research that older men with higher levels of depression are more likely than their younger counterparts to have an underlying mental health condition,” he said.
“But we also know that if we can improve access to mental healthcare and treatment for older white people who are also at risk of depression, then that can potentially reduce the risk of mental health problems.”
The researchers hope their study will prompt healthcare providers and policymakers to consider the importance of mental healthcare for older men in order to tackle this problem.
Mascarero is currently conducting a follow-up study, and he said that they are planning to collect data from older white American men in coming years.
The research was published in the journal Psychological Medicine.
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