Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Paternal Depression: Manifestations and Impacts on the Family
by Newmark, Elizabeth, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2014, 158; 3624638
Abstract (Summary)

Depression is a serious mental disorder with prominence in the literature, but information on its manifestation in males has been overlooked until fairly recently. Attention should be paid to depression for several reasons, including the risk of suicide. The presentation of depressed males differs from that of depressed females. They may display additional symptoms not typically associated with depression, such as anger, hostility, withdrawal and substance abuse, and may not show sadness or tearfulness. Men's reluctance to seek help, and the strong association between shame and depression, make detection even more difficult. Research suggested that families in which fathers display negativistic parenting practices, such as hostility and low levels of warmth, suffer undesirable outcomes. Conflict resolution strategies may be impaired in depressed men, and there is research available showing that depression is correlated with marital discord. Men with depression may also be at risk for substance abuse disorders, intimate partner violence, and child maltreatment. Cultural factors may affect manifestation of depression, and cultural background and adherences should be considered when working with depressed men.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Holloway, Judith, Parekh, Mitesh
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Family, Hostility, Mental disorder, Paternal depression
Publication Number: 3624638
ISBN: 978-1-303-98294-1
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