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Reacting to social discrimination? : Men's individual and social risk behaviors in the context of a male marriage squeeze in rural China

Yang, Xueyan ; Wang, Sasa and Eklund, Lisa LU (2020) In Social Science and Medicine 246.
Abstract
Rationale
In China, a large number of men are being squeezed out of the marriage market due to a shortage of marriageable women. Previous research has largely discussed the consequences of gender imbalances and focused on the behavior of marriage-squeezed men that threatens public safety. No empirical studies explored the impact of the social environment on risky behaviors of marriage-squeezed men.

Objective
The main objective of this paper is to examine whether social discrimination is associated with marriage-squeezed men's engagement in the behaviors that threaten their own wellbeing and community safety.

Method
Using individual-level data collected in Chaohu City, Anhui, this study employed binary logistic... (More)
Rationale
In China, a large number of men are being squeezed out of the marriage market due to a shortage of marriageable women. Previous research has largely discussed the consequences of gender imbalances and focused on the behavior of marriage-squeezed men that threatens public safety. No empirical studies explored the impact of the social environment on risky behaviors of marriage-squeezed men.

Objective
The main objective of this paper is to examine whether social discrimination is associated with marriage-squeezed men's engagement in the behaviors that threaten their own wellbeing and community safety.

Method
Using individual-level data collected in Chaohu City, Anhui, this study employed binary logistic regression and linear regression to examine the impacts of discrimination on alcohol use disorder and suicidal ideation, respectively. Ordinary least squares regression was performed to predict the effects of discrimination on gambling and verbal conflict based on village-level data collected in 380 villages across 18 provinces in China.

Results
The results showed that self-reported discrimination was positively associated with incidence of alcohol use disorder and suicidal ideation among marriage-squeezed men; villagers' discrimination was also positively associated with the number of marriage-squeezed men in the village who often gambled or were in conflict with others.

Conclusions
Evidence suggests that social discrimination is one important mechanism that triggers marriage-squeezed men to engage in risky behaviors that threaten self- and community safety. Commonly held stereotypes about rural bachelors is one of the reasons that causes marriage-squeezed men to pose a threat to public safety. It is necessary to develop and implement policies aimed at creating a friendly and tolerant social environment for marriage-squeezed men. (Less)
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Gender imbalance, marriage squeeze, Social discrimination, Risk behavior, Safety, China
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Social Science and Medicine
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246
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112729
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Elsevier
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  • scopus:85076843088
  • pmid:31884240
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0277-9536
DOI
10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112729
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English
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  abstract     = {Rationale<br/>In China, a large number of men are being squeezed out of the marriage market due to a shortage of marriageable women. Previous research has largely discussed the consequences of gender imbalances and focused on the behavior of marriage-squeezed men that threatens public safety. No empirical studies explored the impact of the social environment on risky behaviors of marriage-squeezed men.<br/><br/>Objective<br/>The main objective of this paper is to examine whether social discrimination is associated with marriage-squeezed men's engagement in the behaviors that threaten their own wellbeing and community safety.<br/><br/>Method<br/>Using individual-level data collected in Chaohu City, Anhui, this study employed binary logistic regression and linear regression to examine the impacts of discrimination on alcohol use disorder and suicidal ideation, respectively. Ordinary least squares regression was performed to predict the effects of discrimination on gambling and verbal conflict based on village-level data collected in 380 villages across 18 provinces in China.<br/><br/>Results<br/>The results showed that self-reported discrimination was positively associated with incidence of alcohol use disorder and suicidal ideation among marriage-squeezed men; villagers' discrimination was also positively associated with the number of marriage-squeezed men in the village who often gambled or were in conflict with others.<br/><br/>Conclusions<br/>Evidence suggests that social discrimination is one important mechanism that triggers marriage-squeezed men to engage in risky behaviors that threaten self- and community safety. Commonly held stereotypes about rural bachelors is one of the reasons that causes marriage-squeezed men to pose a threat to public safety. It is necessary to develop and implement policies aimed at creating a friendly and tolerant social environment for marriage-squeezed men.},
  author       = {Yang, Xueyan and Wang, Sasa and Eklund, Lisa},
  issn         = {0277-9536},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Social Science and Medicine},
  title        = {Reacting to social discrimination? : Men's individual and social risk behaviors in the context of a male marriage squeeze in rural China},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112729},
  doi          = {10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112729},
  volume       = {246},
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