Family Context: Fathers and Other Supports

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depressed fathers, other family members, family context, children

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Although there is a wealth of information regarding the children of mothers who are depressed, there is far less information about the children of fathers who are depressed. Possible reasons for this include the greater prevalence of major depression in women than in men, the possibility that fathers are more difficult than mothers to recruit into research, the greater research attention to maternal as opposed to paternal parenting processes, and theory-based research that centers on an unquestioned sexist assumption of the central role of mothers and the lack of importance of fathers to the development of their children. This chapter reviews the research that has been conducted on children of depressed fathers. Other important family members such as grandparents and siblings are also discussed with a focus on the ramifications of the family context in relation to parental depression.

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Family Context: Fathers and Other Supports, in S. H. Goodman & I. H. Gotlib (Eds.), Children of Depressed Parents: Alternative Pathways to Risk for Psychopathology, American Psychological Association, p. 203-225