Depressed Parents Are More Likely To Raise Depressed Teenagers

Teenagers like to blame their problems on the world, but in one case, that might actually be justified. A new study shows that teenagers are more likely to suffer from depression if their fathers also suffer from it.

The link between mothers with mental health issues and their children has been pretty well established, but this study from the psychiatry department at the University College London (UCL) shows that fathers are just as influential, negating the whole “mothers impact their kids more while fathers are distant” thing.

The study was completed using data from a large study done over numerous years. Researchers gathered information about the parents' depression when the kids were around 8, then about the teenagers when they were between 13 and 14.

Over 10,000 families were studied between the two large scale surveys that were analyzed. Depressive symptoms increase significantly at the beginning of the teenage years, so the researchers say it is vital to study it early to prevent it from worsening later in life.

In addition, men are significantly less likely to seek treatment for their depression, so the researchers also hope their work will convince men with children to talk to their doctor because their mental health may also be affecting their kids.


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