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Strong marriages may help depressed fathers parent

Fibro Daily June 26, 2013

Because of depressed men’s tendency to emotionally withdraw, depressed fathers can have difficulty attending to their children’s emotional states. However, new research suggests that a close relationship with their partner causes depressed fathers benefits their children and  improves the quality of parent-child interaction.

This boost, however, only applies to male parents. This is theorized to be caused by men and women’s differing tendencies regarding depression: women tend to ruminate and men withdraw. Depressed women with close ties to their partner may actively encourage this tendency toward rumination.

Read more: A Good Marriage Can Buffer The Effects Of A Father’s Depression On His Young Children

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