Dads need to stay close to their children well into the teen years, hints a Canadian study. That’s because children who acknowledge decreasing closeness to their fathers experience elevated symptoms of depression, reports Canada.com. Teens who became closer to their dads tended to have fewer symptoms of depression.
Because teenagers tend to maintain better relationships with their moms, according to the study, it’s up to dad to work on the relationship with his children. Interestingly, teenage daughters are far more likely to report higher levels of anxiety and suicidal thoughts. At ages 14-15, 15.5 percent of girls report suicidal thoughts compared with 6.9 percent of boys.
Boys seem to be more comfortable in their relationship with dad: “In general boys were more likely to give their fathers a higher score on closeness, understanding and affection than girls but the actual link between those relationships and depressive symptoms were the same for boys and girls,” finds the study.