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Paulson a Source for Article About Dads' Depression

James Paulson

James Paulson, an associate professor of psychology at Old Dominion University, is a source for the article "Dad's Depression May Raise Kids' Risk of Emotional Problems" at WebMD Health News.

The article is at http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20111104/dads-depression-may-raise-risk-of-kids-emotional-problems.

Paulson has published research about depressed fathers, including a study from 2010 that found a substantial number of fathers experiencing prenatal and postpartum depression. His work has been reported on by the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, CNN, Time magazine and BBC News.

In the WebMD article, Paulson was asked to comment on new work by other researchers about how a father's depression can be reflected in the behavior and moods of his children. "Much has been written about how a mother's depression can affect her children. But less is known about how depression in dads affects a child's emotional development," the article states.

This new study is to be published in the December 2011 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The ODU professor points out that the new findings may encourage depressed fathers to seek help. This is the first large-scale study in the U.S. that documents the association between depression in fathers and a child's emotional and behavioral problems, he says. "For dads who may feel uncertain about seeking help, remember this isn't just about you, this is about your kid and even if you are not willing to get help for yourself, do it for your child.

"The earlier we can catch the depression, the better it is for all involved," he adds.

Paulson, formerly an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and who now is an adjunct faculty member at EVMS, joined the psychology faculty at ODU earlier this year. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

This article was posted on: November 7, 2011

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