Risk of postpartum depression: Fathers are at the same level as their mothers 30,000 households a year or August 30 at 12:44 a.m.
While fathers are also at risk of postpartum depression, a study by the National Center for Child Health and Development found that the proportion of fathers who feel mental disorders less than a year after their children are born is about the same as that of their mothers, with an estimated 30,000 households with poor parents per year. The research group says that “for mothers and children, we also need to support the health care of fathers.”
It is said that one in ten mothers are more likely to feel mental disorders due to major changes in hormone balance, physical condition, and life rhythm after childbirth, but recently it has been pointed out that fathers also have a risk of postpartum depression.
A research group at the National Center for Child Health and Development extracted 3514 households with children under the age of one from data from a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2016 to examine risks such as depression and anxiety disorders for each father and mother.
As a result, the proportion of fathers judged to be at risk of mental health disorders was 11.0%, about the same level as their mother’s 10.8%. In addition, both parents were judged to be “at risk” and 3.4% of households were suffering from upset at the same time, and based on the number of births last year, it was found that an estimated 30,000 households per year.
According to the research group, the background to the father’s upset is that long working hours do not change even after the child is born, and the burden of raising children at home is considered to increase, and the impact on the child’s child rearing environment is also a concern when both parents become unsathed.
Kenji Takehara, director of the research group, said, “Supporting the health care of fathers also supports mothers and children who rely on their fathers. In addition to promoting the acquisition of childcare leave for men, further work style reforms such as returning home on time are required.”