Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Paternal Depression Relatively Common, Hurts Children

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Paternal Depression Relatively Common, Hurts Children

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QUEBEC CITY -- Paternal depression is relatively common and can negatively affect child behavior, Shreya Dave reported at the annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group.

A clear link has been established between maternal depression and impaired social development of children. But little is know about paternal depression and its effects.

Ms. Dave presented a cross-sectional study in which questionnaires were sent to 2,352 biological fathers with children aged 4-6 years who were identified from 13 general practices in greater London and Hert-fordshire, England.

Questionnaires included a diagnostic depression measure (Patient Health Questionnaire) and standardized inventories on child behavior (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), parenting, couple relationship, alcohol use, and demographics.

Mothers were sent a similar but smaller packet. Their responses were used to assess child behavior and were thought to be a more objective way to assess the relationship of paternal depression and child behavior, said Ms. Dave, a research fellow in the department of primary care and population sciences at University College London. …

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