Fathers' Mental Health Impacts on Child Well-Being

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Mental health issues make it more difficult for dads to engage in nurturing, interactive relationships with their children and partners. When fathers' mental health declines, the quality of their co-parenting relationships and the well-being of their children also declines. Fathers may experience various psychiatric disorders during parenthood, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior, or substance use disorders, which can harm their children's development in detrimental ways. Join this critical discussion on what we know about this topic and what knowledge gaps remain. In this session, we will also discuss our understanding of fathers' mental health as it relates to racial and ethnic differences and the prevalence and needs of mental health disorders among fathers in less common parenting situations (e.g., single, noncustodial, stay-at-home, same-sex, military, incarcerated, and long-distance fathers).

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