Postnatal Depression in Fathers Linked to Mental Health Issues in Daughters
A new study, published in the JAMA Psychiatry medical journal, finds a link between the postnatal depression in fathers and mental health issues in their daughters later on.
However, fathers’ mental health has no that effect on sons, according to researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Oxford, and Imperial and UCL in London. The scientists think this is due to the fact that girls may be more sensitive to the way their fathers interact with them as a baby.
The authors of the study say in their paper: “We have found girls with fathers with depression during the postnatal period are at risk of developing depression after puberty, but such risk is not seen in boys.”
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