Children can Have Problems If Fathers are Depressed

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  November 8, 2011 at 3:51 PM Mental Health News
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Children whose dad's are depressed are 70% more likely to develop emotional or behavioral problems. Even though a child's risk for emotional or behavioral problems is much greater if their mothers are depressed, this new finding is a cause of concern. The study also reported that children were at higher risk if both parents are depressed.
 Children can Have Problems If Fathers are Depressed
Children can Have Problems If Fathers are Depressed

Researchers studied about 22,000 US children aged 5-17years and their mothers and fathers. It was found that 19% children developed emotional or behavioral problems whose mothers are depressed, while 11% children had problems if fathers were depressed and 25% children were affected when both parents are depressed.

Inability of depressed parents 'to respond to a child's requests and needs in a consistently reliable and empathic manner' could be the possible reason for this trend.

The study will be published in the December issue of the journal 'Pediatrics'.

Source: Medindia

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