Young Dads Also Experience Postpartum Depression
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Men who enter into fatherhood around the age of 25 and live in the same home with their children could see a significant increase in depressive symptoms during the first few years of their child's life. Published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers analyzed 20 years of data from 10,623 young men participating in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Men who became fathers around the age of 25 had a 68% increase of depressive symptoms over their first five years of fatherhood if they lived at the same home as their children. The authors emphasize that identification of depressive symptoms in fathers is essential, as those suffering from depressions are less likely to read and interact less with their children and are more likely to use corporal punishment and neglect their children.
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