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Comment & Response
August 2017

Assessing Depression Among New Fathers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Laboratory of Psychology (EA 3188), Bourgogne Franche-Comté University, Besançon, France
  • 2Institute of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, NE, Switzerland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2017;74(8):855. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2017.1391

To the Editor Underwood and colleagues1 published an article related to depression in new fathers. In their study, the authors assessed paternal antenatal depression symptoms (PADS) and paternal postnatal depression symptoms (PPDS). From their analyses, the authors drew conclusions about the first practical action to take, which would consist of “increasing awareness among fathers about increased risks.”1 We noticed several methodological problems in the study that directly bear on the authors’ conclusions.

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