Step-Fathers More Prone to Mental Stress and Depression

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  February 6, 2015 at 9:41 PM Research News
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Step-fathers who perform multiple family roles are more prone to mental stress which sometimes leads to depression, according to a study led by Brigham Young University (BYU). The study also mentioned that men are less likely to seek professional counseling when they need it.
 Step-Fathers More Prone to Mental Stress and Depression
Step-Fathers More Prone to Mental Stress and Depression

Researchers of BYU explained that parents of blended families who play three roles in a row are 57 percent more likely to be depressed than those with just a single parenting role. Also, parents undergo the feeling guilt when they spend more time with their new children than their older children or when a new baby comes along.

Professor Kevin Shafer said, "There was a stigma that mothers usually get stressed due to their parenting responsibilities, but being a step-father was an actual tough job as he has to be a good parent, a friend, and something like a cool uncle and doing all these roles simultaneously actually brings mental stress to step-daddies. Stress actually comes from a good place, as they want to be a good parent, they want to be a good stepparent, and they want to be a good new parent, and with this mental health professionals should recognize that depression can manifest in a variety of ways."

The study appears in the journal Social Work.

Source: Medindia

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