daddy ain't so happy
September 23, 2010 10:41 PM   Subscribe

Are there any fairly dependable studies about depression and stay at home dads? Seems like everything I can find focuses on the moms. Daddy gets sad too.
posted by ducktape to Human Relations (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I did a Google Scholar search and found a few leads. Try caregiver as a search term.

Also FWIW, science takes awhile. Publishing is slow. SAHDs are sort of new. :)
posted by k8t at 10:48 PM on September 23, 2010


Links (from phone... Sorry):

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=0fG3rOtns-MC&oi=fnd&pg=PA11&dq=father+%27primary+caregiver%27&ots=G-6yJdM_Tq&sig=cZ_jxUE4uGljCri9YFsh4AHHHV4

http://jbd.sagepub.com/content/21/3/621.abstract
posted by k8t at 10:54 PM on September 23, 2010


Also try searching Google for postnatal depression in men, which turns up some articles like this one.
posted by rubbish bin night at 5:05 AM on September 24, 2010


Anecdata not study, but you might find some commiseration value in Jeff Vogel's stories about new fatherhood.
posted by Jacqueline at 7:10 AM on September 24, 2010


There was a study out recently. I am not sure if it's covered in the Guardian link above. It was covered here-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8687189.stm

original paper- http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/303/19/1961

http://www.mededppd.org/intheNews.asp (multiple links; also check out the link about Dads' hormonal level changes during pregnancy)
posted by xm at 2:57 PM on September 24, 2010


It's been ages since I read it, but you might take a look at

I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression. I don't remember how much is about dads specifically vs. men generally.

Probably more relevant: I went to PubMed and typed in "postnatal depression father" (thanks to rubbish bin night for suggesting the term "postnatal") and got several promising results, including

Prenatal and postpartum depression in fathers and mothers

Perinatal depression in men: fathers' needs remain unmet

Risk factors of paternal depression in the early postnatal period in Japan

Correlates of ante- and postnatal depression in fathers: A systematic review
posted by kristi at 11:55 AM on September 25, 2010


Rage Against the Meshugenah is an excellent book about male depression, though not directly related to being a SAHD.
posted by shannonm at 6:17 PM on September 25, 2010


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