Lockdown blues batter parents – especially dads new to childcare

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Lockdown blues batter parents – especially dads new to childcare

Study finds stronger links between active parenting and depressive symptoms in men than women

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When hard lockdown hit last March, a 35-year-old Cape Town mother and her husband found themselves in the same boat as millions of families — working from home and caring for their three children, aged between five and 15.

Two months later, the Durbanville woman was widowed when her husband succumbed to Covid-19. As she looked back on the past 17 months she told Sunday Times Daily: “I still wonder how I’ve managed to stay sane.”

She’s not alone. A new Human Sciences Research Council study says the pressures of caring for children during the pandemic have fuelled a tidal wave of depression among parents — and especially in fathers...

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