Volumes of research have been done showing that depressed mothers can negatively affect the health and well-being of their children. But what about depressed fathers?
Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine found an increased rate of mental health problems in children whose fathers had depressive symptoms.
Back in the ’60s, corporal punishment was common practice for a shocking 94 percent of parents in the US. While a lot of us may find this number unsettling, just as many don’t. In fact, half of all parents today admitted to punishing children by “spanking on the bottom with a bare hand” to a telephone poll conducted by the National Institutes for Mental Health.
A boy in Cleveland, OH, who weighs more than 200 pounds, was taken from his mother by authorities last week. Officials were forced to remove the third-grader from his home when caseworkers decided that his mother’s inability to reduce his weight constituted medical neglect.
A study of 20,000 US families found kids with fathers suffering from depression are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than other children.
Michael Weitzman at the New York University School of Medicine, who authored the study, said these findings are especially important at a time when unemployment is high and some military dads are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with emot