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Do you think a dad's depression can effect his children?

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 6:18 AM
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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Children with a depressed father are more likely to have emotional or behavioral problems, new research finds.

Most prior research has focused on depressed mothers and the negative impact their depression can have on kids, according to the researchers from the NYU School of Medicine.

The current study involved data on more than 7,200 U.S. households. About 25 percent of kids whose mother and father showed signs of depression had emotional or behavioral issues. About 15 percent of kids whose father had depressive symptoms and 20 percent of kids whose mothers had depressive symptoms had emotional or behavioral issues.

About 6 percent of children whose parents did not have symptoms of depression had emotional or behavioral issues.

The findings shed light on "the urgent need to recognize the roles of fathers in the lives of children and families," lead study author Dr. Michael Weitzman, a professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine, said in a university news release.

The study is published in the Feb. 23 online issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

About 6 percent of dads showed symptoms of depression, according to the study. Factors associated with depression in dads included living in poverty; living with a special-needs child; living with a wife or partner who is depressed and having poor physical health. The strongest predictor of depression in dads was unemployment -- jobless dads were 6.5 times more likely to be depressed.

That's especially important given the current high unemployment rate, researchers noted.

"Fathers play profoundly important roles in the lives of children and families, and are all too often forgotten in our efforts to help children. These new findings, we hope, will be useful to much-needed efforts to develop strategies to identify and treat the very large number of fathers with depression," Weitzman said in the release.

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rkoloms
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 6:52 AM
Of course! All of us are receptors of the enrgy around us; especially children
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TerriC
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Yes.  Children feel what they are around.  If I am cranky, they are going to get cranky.

batjmom
by Sarah on Mar. 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

 Of course.  Children are very susceptible. 

starreyedcutie
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Agree

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Of course! All of us are receptors of the enrgy around us; especially children
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Vertical15
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I think it definately effects the children.

dustbunny
by on Mar. 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Duh!!  It only takes one person in the family to bring down the emotional level of the family.

BeautifulBottom
by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

definitely.. children pick up on every vibe parents give off.

BeautifulBottom
by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 8:45 AM

BUMP!

Pherlyce
by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Anyone who is depress in a family will be affected...... is not just because of the father or mother  (is just my own opinion). 

mamamiajk
by on Mar. 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I  definately  do.  People  tend  to  think  they'rekids  and  don't know  but  I  believe  the  opposite  is  true. They  know  and  sense  a  lot more  than  we  give  them creditfor

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