Parents with depression report less empathy for their kids

Parents with greater depression symptoms report experiencing less empathy—even toward their own children, according to a new study.

That could have significant long-term negative effects, the researchers say.

“Feeling understood and accepted is important for everyone, but especially in the context of the parent-child relationship,” says Kathryn L. Humphreys, assistant professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development and senior author of the paper in PLOS ONE.

“Research studies find that when children don’t receive empathic responses from caregivers, they tend to have a wide variety of negative outcomes, including elevated physiological responses to stress,

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