0525 GMT November 19, 2019
Parents, pay attention: Post-natal depression in fathers, in addition to mothers, bring emotional problems for their teenage daughters, finds a new study. The study found that almost one in 20 new fathers suffered depression in the weeks after their child was born. However, this association of increased risk applied only to teenage daughters. Sons remained unaffected. The reason for this “handing on” effect could be that post-natal depression in fathers is sometimes linked with an increased level of maternal depression, indicating family life is more disrupted for everyone with higher levels of stress for all, Hindustantimes.com reported.
While it is unclear why girls may be more affected at this age, there may be links to specific aspects of father-daughter relationships as girls go through adolescence, the team suggested, in the paper published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. “We were able to look at some of the ways in which depression in fathers might have affected children. It appears that depression in fathers is linked with an increased level of stress in the whole family and that this might be one way in which the offspring may be affected,” said Paul Ramchandani, Professor from the University of Cambridge.