Depressed dads more negative in baby talk

Fathers suffering from postnatal depression are more likely to think critically of themselves while talking to their offspring.

The Oxford University study compared comments made by depressed and non-depressed fathers during organised play time with their babies.

Examples from depressed dads included: “I’m not able to make you smile”; “Daddy’s not as good as Mummy”; “Are you tired?”; “Oh-oh, Daddy hasn’t lasted very long, has he?,” and “Can’t think of anything to do all of a sudden”.

Previous studies found that children are at increased risk of developing emotional and behavioural problems if their mother or father suffered from the condition.

Read more at University of Oxford