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.
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