Young Dads Are at Risk for Postpartum Depression

Men who entered into fatherhood at around age 25 saw a 68% increase in depressive symptoms over older fathers, according to a new study.  The findings only applied to fathers living with their children. Identifying depression in young fathers is critical, since previous research shows that depressed dads read and interact less with their kids, are more likely to use corporal punishment, and are more likely to neglect their children. “Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially during those first key years of parent-infant attachment,” said lead study author Dr. Craig Garfield of Northwestern University.  Young dads need help transitioning through that time period, he added.

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