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Recent Study Says Depressed Fathers May Pass On Mental Health Issues To Children
February 24, 2012
A study conducted by New York University researchers and published by Maternal and Child Health Journal has concluded in a follow-up report that fathers suffering with depression can potentially pass on the symptoms to their children. Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine professor Michael Weitzman served as the lead investigator on large-scale nationwide study, which highlighted startling numbers of children who suffer with depression most likely had a depressed father or mother in the home.
"While the finding of increased rates of mental health problems among children whose fathers had depressive symptoms was not surprising in our earlier study, the fact that no prior large scale studies had investigated this issue is truly remarkable, as is the finding that one out of every four children with both a mother and a father with symptoms of depression have mental health problems" said Weitzman.
Dr. Weitzman and his fellow researchers took on the study for noble reasons. “A first step is to identify which of our nation's fathers are at increased risk for depression, which is the main reason that we undertook the current study,” shared Weitzman.
Weitzman ended with, “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.”
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