A recent article in Time magazine highlights a rising number of suicides
involving a parent and child in Hong Kong. These “filicide-suicides”
are not a new phenomenon in East Asia, but there have been at least 15
since the start of 2008 and three in February-March -- all mother and
child -- provoking alarm amongst welfare agencies and experts.
One of the topics that came up at the Barcelona conference on low fertility was the question of whether parenthood brings happiness to adults; the evidence so far seems uncertain. This week, however, there is solid evidence reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in favour of motherhood, if not fatherhood.