It's Not Just Moms Who Suffer Postpartum Depression By LEE BOWMAN, Scripps Howard News Service 24-JUN-05 Depression in new moms is a well-known concern for doctors and family members, but a new British study shows that having a dad who suffers postnatal depression increases the risk of behavioral and emotional problems for young children, particularly boys. Youngsters born to dads identified with depression were more than twice as likely to have behavioral development problems in early childhood than those born to fathers who were not depressed, according to the study published Friday in the British medical journal The Lancet. The researchers studied more than 13,500 mothers from the Bristol area of England taking part in a long-term survey of parents and children. More than 12,800 had male partners. Mothers and fathers were assessed for depression eight weeks after the birth of their baby using an established questionnaire, and fathers were assessed again at 21 months. The children's emotional and behavioral development at age 3 1/2 was measured through another questionnaire completed by their mothers. Overall, about 10 percent of the mothers and 4 percent of the fathers were classified with significant depression symptoms. This falls within the range of paternal postpartum depression cited in a review last year by Janice Goodman of Boston College. She found 20 studies, most of them small, done over the past two decades that suggest 1 percent to 25 percent of new dads suffer from depression, with rates even higher for men whose partners were also experiencing depression. For full article: http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?actions=detail&pk=DEPRESSEDADS-06-24-05 Scroll down to "Featured News Stories", DEPRESSED DADS.