Depression Of The Future Father Can Affect The Mental Health Of The Mother And The Fetus – Part 3 of 3
Kvalevaag added that “the prenatal barmy state of the father is likely to predict the postnatal mental health of the father and this may also account for some of the associations found”. Although this was reportedly the largest anticipated study to look at this issue, it did have some limitations. For instance, information on mental health was obtained only from self-reports, which can be unreliable. Previous research has shown that depressed mothers perceived their infants to be debatable more often than more objective observers did, said Michael Rice, associate clinical director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
A deciphering may be relatively straightforward, said Armstrong. “When mom comes in for appointments, we should at least be raising the question of how dad’s doing. That’s probably a question that’s never asked”. Rice welcomed the research. “This analysis gives a more complete picture virginia. When we talk about preventative mental health and preventing these things in the kids, we really need resources there at the prenatal place for both the mother and the father”.