Prenatal paternal depression

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Barbara Figueiredo, Osvelia Deeds, Jennifer Contogeorgos, Angela Ascencio

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Prenatal depressive symptoms, anxiety, anger and daily hassles were investigated in 156 depressed and non-depressed pregnant women and their depressed and non-depressed partners (fathers-to-be). Depressed versus non-depressed fathers had higher depression, anxiety and daily hassles scores. Although the pregnant women in general had lower anxiety, anger and daily hassles scores than the men, the scores on the measures for depressed fathers and depressed mothers did not differ. Paternal depression appeared to have less effect than maternal depression on their partners' scores. However, the similarity between the scores of depressed mothers and depressed fathers highlights the importance of screening for depression in fathers-to-be as well as mothers-to-be during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-583
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Anxiety
  • Daily hassles scores
  • Paternal depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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