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Depression and playfulness in fathers

Prof Paul Ramchandani

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:

  1. Playful behaviours at 3-months differ between depressed and non-depressed fathers;
  2. Depressed fathers use less playful excitation, gentle touch and active engagement;
  3. Coding measures focusing on fathers may accurately detect and classify playfulness;
  4. Unique features of paternal play could be a target for future family interventions.


You can download this paper using the link below.

Research paper

Read our open-access research paper published in Journal of Affective Disorders.