Father absence in early childhood linked to depression in adolescent girls

5/15/2013

New research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol shows that girls whose fathers were absent during the first five years of life were more likely to develop depressive symptoms in adolescence than girls whose fathers left when they were aged five to ten years or than boys in both age groups (0-5 and 5-10), even after a range of factors was taken into account.

While previous studies have looked at the effect of childhood separation and divorce on the risk of depression in adolescence, this new research, published today [15 May] in Psychological Medicine, is one of only a few studies to look specifically at the effect of a father’s absence and the timing of his departure on adolescents’ mental health.

Source: Health News

Available at: http://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health-behavior/38624-father-absence-in-early-childhood-linked-to-depression-in-adolescent-girls.html

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