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Young Fathers At High Risk for Depression, Study Shows

USA Today reports on a study in Pediatrics that has found that young fathers may be at high risk for depression. Researchers surveyed adolescent males on depression symptoms such as difficulty focusing or sadness and followed them for nearly 20 years into adulthood and fatherhood. They found that “symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men who were around 25 years old when they became fathers.” Additionally, risk for depression was especially high in black and hispanic fathers. Experts say the results are concerning because depression can affect how fathers interact with their children during their most formative years.

Read the article published by USA Today.

Read the study in Pediatrics.