Study says sad dads spank more - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Study says sad dads spank more

Washington D.C. | ByAsian News International
Sep 01, 2019 11:03 AM IST

This study is important because it demonstrates that depression in fathers has a very tangible effect on how those fathers interact with their young children.

Depression in fathers can negatively affect a young child’s health and development. As compared to their non-depressed counterparts, depressed fathers are nearly four times more likely to spank their children, claims a study.

(Unsplash)
(Unsplash)

The researchers studied data from 1,746 fathers of 1-year-old children in the ‘Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.’ Fathers reported on how often they played with, sang to and read to their kids.

Unlock exclusive access to the story of India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now!

They also reported whether they had spanked their kids in the last month and whether they had spoken to their child’s medical provider in the past year. The fathers were also assessed for depression.

Overall, 7 per cent of fathers had depression. Of those, 41 per cent said they read to their child at least three times a week, as compared with 58 per cent of fathers who weren’t depressed.

Forty-one per cent of fathers said they had hit their child in the last month -- over three times as many as fathers who weren’t depressed, reported the study published in the journal -- ‘Paediatrics.’

“The effect of mothers’ depression on parenting behaviours has well been established,” said Sarah Clark, senior author of the study.

“This study is important because it demonstrates that depression in fathers has a very tangible effect on how those fathers interact with their young children,” added Clark.

The findings also offered an important cue to action, as over three-quarters of depressed fathers reported talking to their child’s doctor in the previous year.

“This suggests that visits to the pediatrician may provide an ideal opportunity to discuss specific parenting behaviours with fathers and to refer depressed fathers for appropriate treatment,” said R Neal Davis, a former fellow at the University of Michigan Health System’s Child Health and Evaluation Research (CHEAR) Unit in the Division of General Pediatrics.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

Follow more stories on Facebook and Twitter

Are you a cricket buff? Participate in the HT Cricket Quiz daily and stand a chance to win an iPhone 15 & Boat Smartwatch. Click here to participate now.

Catch your daily dose of Fashion, Health, Festivals, Travel, Relationship, Recipe and all the other Latest Lifestyle News on Hindustan Times Website and APPs.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, April 14, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On