Washington: A new study has revealed that parents face the highest risk of depression in the first year after a child’s birth. Experiencing an episode of depression is highly likely between their child``s birth and 12th year of age, with the highest rates in the first year after birth, said scientists at Medical Research Council, London, England. "Depression in parents is associated with adverse behavioural, developmental and cognitive outcomes in their children," the authors wrote.
The authors note, future research should examine other factors associated with parental depression, such as the couple``s relationship quality and stressful life events, as well as the separate and cumulative effects of maternal and paternal depression on children``s health and development. The study will appear in the November print issue of Archives of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (ANI)
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