Monday, May 24, 2010

Dads Get Baby Blues

Hi Everyone, I read with interest a story in my local paper (New Sunday Times, Malaysia) last weekend that referred to a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

The JAMA article was entitled Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers and Its Association With Maternal Depression and was the result of a a very extensive survey of depression in fathers, from January 1980 to October 2009.  It was made up of a total of 43 studies involving 28 004 participants. 

The research concluded that:
"Prenatal and postpartum depression was evident in about 10% of men in the reviewed studies and was relatively higher in the 3- to 6-month postpartum period. Paternal depression also showed a moderate positive correlation with maternal depression."

Very, very interesting.  Andrea

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