Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers and its Association with Maternal Depression

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It is well established that maternal prenatal and postpartum depression is prevalent and has negative personal, family, and child developmental outcomes. Paternal depression during this period may have similar characteristics, but data are based on an emerging and currently inconsistent literature. The objective of this analysis is to describe point estimates and variability in rates of paternal prenatal and postpartum depression over time and its association with maternal depression. Prenatal and postpartum depression was evident in about 10% of men in the reviewed studies and was relatively higher in the 3- to 6-month postpartum period. Paternal depression also showed a moderate positive correlation with maternal depression.

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