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Sad new dads prone to spanking kids in study showing the risks of postpartum depression in men

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Mar• 17•11

We need to assess how all new parents are doing. Fathers need to get help when they are depressed.

“Just like new moms, new fathers can be depressed, and a study found a surprising number of sad dads spanked their 1-year-olds.

About 40 percent of depressed fathers in a survey said they’d spanked kids that age, versus just 13 percent of fathers who weren’t depressed. Most dads also had had recent contact with their child’s doctor — a missed opportunity to get help, authors of the study said.”

Sad new dads prone to spanking kids in study showing the risks of postpartum depression in men

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