Maternal depression is considered a risk factor for the socioemotional and cognitive development of children the current prevalence of depression in canada averages at 6 which is similar to the rates in other western countries the female to male ratio average is 21 however the prevalence of postpartum depression is approximately 13 . The impact of parenting on child development and behavior has become a subject of major medical social and political concern in postpartum depression child development lynne murray and peter cooper have produced a book that comprehensively reviews what we know abut the consequences for infants of maternal depression in the postnatal period . Postpartum depression before we address effect of postpartum depression on child development lets list a few salient facts about this disorder postpartum depression effects around 13 of women within one year of giving birth research suggests that the effect of postpartum depression on child development to be related to the relationship of the mother and infant. The first book in a decade to deal exclusively with the impact of postpartum depression on child development this groundbreaking volume brings together rigorous and sophisticated research from eighteen of the leading authorities in the field. Postpartum depression in fathers sometimes called paternal postpartum depression can have the same negative effect on partner relationships and child development as postpartum depression in mothers can
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