Paternal depression may affect children's emotional development

11/7/2011 | WebMD

Children whose fathers had depressive symptoms more likely were to suffer from emotional or behavioral problems, compared with children of fathers without depression, according to a study in Pediatrics of more than 22,000 children living with both parents. Lead researcher Michael Weitzman said that children's risk for emotional or behavioral problems was doubled if the father was depressed, tripled if the mother was depressed and fourfold higher if both parents were depressed.

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