But whether he knew it or not, Reid was in good company. Don Peck's massive cover story in The Atlantic explored, among other things, the connection between domestic violence and unemployment. Last week, David Brooks wrote about it in The New York Times:
Long-term unemployment is one of the most devastating experiences a person can endure, equal, according to some measures, to the death of a spouse. Men who are unemployed for a significant amount of time are more likely to drink more, abuse their children more and suffer debilitating blows to their identity.And in The Atlantic, Don Peck wrote this:
When men stop doing paid work--and even when they work less than their wives--marital conflict usually follows. Last March, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received almost half again as many calls as it had one year earlier; as was the case in the Depression, unemployed men are vastly more likely to beat their wives or children.