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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 26, 2014
South and Central, it’s your turn for fun as the magic comes to the
Southern Academy of the Performing Arts!!! Crazy Catholic and
D C Shell Theatre will take you, your family and friends into Fairy Land!!
From the producers of Rapunzel, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White, Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood, Bollywood and Phantom of the NAPA
comes a brand new play based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Another memorable show for the entire family,
written and directed by the Crazy Catholic.
You are invited to fairyland - Magic,
Romance, Comedy and Non-Stop Fun
Please add us!
D C SHELL THEATRE
and CRAZY CATHOLIC
Don’t dream... come!
FRIDAY 2nd MAY - 8.30 p.m.
SATURDAY 3rd MAY - 7.30 p.m.
SUNDAY 4th MAY - 5.30 pm
FRIDAY 2nd MAY - 10.00 a.m.
SPECIAL SCHOOL SHOW: All schools invited
BUY 1 TICKET: Get 1 ticket free ($150)
Produced by D C Shell Theatre
Pioneers in Family
Fairy Tales, Bollywood
& Clean Comedy.
SAPA box office opens from
Wednesday 30 April at 11am daily
732-5796, 683-6496, 796-4272, 750-0104
Becoming a father may raise a
young man’s risk of depression,
according to a new US study that sug-
gests helping men at this stage could
improve the wellbeing of entire fam-
“We know a lot about mothers and
maternal depression and the effect that
it has on children and we’re just now
starting to learn about paternal depres-
sion,” lead author Dr Craig Garfield
“We knew that paternal depression
existed and it affects about 5 to 10 per
cent of dads—and there are seven mil-
lion fathers in the US,” said Garfield,
a pediatrician and researcher at North-
western University Feinberg School of
Medicine in Chicago.
A father’s depression can harm his
child’s development during critical early
years of life, the authors write in the
Identifying depression in new fathers
and those who are risk is an important
step toward getting them the help they
need, they say.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention advocates routine screening
for mental health disorders like depres-
sion among both men and women who
are planning to become parents.
“We knew (depression) affected the
fathers and the children and families,
but we didn’t know when and where
to focus our attention for fathers in
order to marshal our resources,” Garfield
told Reuters Health.
So he and his colleagues analysed
data on 10,623 males who were enrolled
in a long term health study as teenagers
and have been followed for more than
“This was a great data set to look at
this because you get young men who
are teenagers and follow them into
adulthood,” Garfield said. “And a good
number of them are going to transition
into fatherhood so we could actually
look at their depressive symptoms
scores over that time frame.”
A total of 3,425 participants became
fathers by the end of the study period.
Of those men, 2,739 of them lived with
their child and 686 were nonresident
fathers. The researchers also tracked
the mental health of the non-fathers
The participants had answered survey
questions at several points in their teen
years, 20s and 30s, and those responses
were used to score their symptoms of
When the researchers compared the
men’s depression scores, they found
that new resident fathers had the lowest
scores and new nonresident fathers had
the highest depression scores while
non-fathers fell in between.
But during their children’s first five
years of life, the resident fathers expe-
rienced a 68 per cent increase in their
depression scores, on average.
“That was significant in the study
and it’s significant when you think
about the child development and the
development of the family and the
importance that fathers play,” Garfield
“Fathers’ roles are changing and we
know their time spent with children
has nearly doubled from 1965 to 2011,
and that they’re spending more time,
often, than their counterparts in the
UK and Australia,” he said.
“Part of that is mothers who are
more frequently in the workplace and
it’s also a new ideal of fatherhood that
men are wanting to spend time with
their kids,” he said.
“So a study like this puts fathers on
the map and where we need to focus
our energy because ultimately as a pae-
diatrician I see children thrive when
parents thrive and if we can make sure
that the moms and dads are doing well
in that transition to parenthood, there’s
a better chance of the child doing well,”
“Young fathers who are depressed
are more likely to disengage from care
and involvement with the infant,” said
James Paulson, “and they’re more likely
to use harsh parenting tactics like
spanking, yelling, screaming and so
forth, which we know is not helpful
for child development and it could be
harmful in some situations.”
Paulson, a psychology researcher at
Old Dominion University in Norfolk,
Virginia, added that young fathers who
are depressed tend to have more dif-
ficulty in relationships, which might
lead to family difficulties when parents
can’t communicate well.
“They can’t function together prop-
erly and they have difficulty co-par-
enting and working in the child’s best
interest,” he said. (Reuters-Health)
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
New fathers may need help with depression
“Young fathers who are depressed are more likely to disengage from care and
involvement with the infant,” said James Paulson, “and they’re more likely to use
harsh parenting tactics like spanking, yelling, screaming and so forth, which we know
is not helpful for child development and it could be harmful in some situations.”
Becoming a father
may raise a young
man’s risk of
to a new study.
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