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Impaired parenting may lie on the causal pathway between paternal depression and children's outcomes. We use the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study to investigate the association between paternal depressive symptoms and fathers' parenting (negative, positive and involvement). Findings suggest that postnatal paternal depressive symptoms are associated with fathers' negative parenting. This has implications for the design of intervention programmes for parents with depression and young children.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.bp.114.148379

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date

12/2015

Volume

207

Pages

558 - 559

Keywords

Child, Child, Preschool, Cohort Studies, Depression, Postpartum, Father-Child Relations, Fathers, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Parenting, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Surveys and Questionnaires, United Kingdom