A research paper has been published by Prof Paul Ramchandani entitled ‘Depression in and playfulness in fathers and young infants: A matched design comparison study’.
Key findings include:
- Playful behaviours at 3-months differ between depressed and non-depressed fathers;
- Depressed fathers use less playful excitation, gentle touch and active engagement;
- Coding measures focusing on fathers may accurately detect and classify playfulness;
- Unique features of paternal play could be a target for future family interventions.
You can download this paper using the link below.