Father’s post-natal depression linked to stress in teenage daughters, says study

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New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): According to a new study, daughters whose fathers suffer from post-natal depression are also likely to suffer from depression and emotional problems during their teenage years. The study was published in the journal the JAMA Psychiatry and found that almost one in twenty new fathers suffered depression in the weeks after their child was born. Research also identified a link between post-natal depression in men and depression in their daughters as they reached adulthood. The research was based on a sample of more than 3000 families in UK. One reason for this effect could be that post-natal depression in fathers is sometimes linked with an increased level of maternal depression, researchers concluded. This might mean a disrupted family life for all. The findings are important because they have implications for pre-natal services, which have traditionally considered post-natal depression to be a potential problem for mothers only. They also highlighted the importance of recognising and treating depression in fathers during the post-natal period and call on health professionals to consider both parents when one reports depression.

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