A husband's relationship with his wife can determine whether their daughter becomes susceptible to depression when she matures, a University of Connecticut psychologist believes. Dr. J. Conrad Schwartz reached that conclusion in a recent study based on a survey of 98 University of Connecticut female students concerning parental conflict and father-daughter relationships. A good marital relationship, coupled with a "consistent" showing of love by the father and his daughter, may enhance a woman's ability to deal with depression, Schwartz reported in a recent issue of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. "The traditional emphasis on the mother's role in the development of psychology has . . . obscured the role of the father which, at least with regard to daughters' vulnerability to depression, may be of greater importance," wrote Schwartz and a colleague, Dr. David C. Zuroff of the State University of New York. Schwartz said 18-, 19-and 20-year-old women were questioned. One of the statements they were asked to respond to was: "My father was often warm and affectionate, but sometimes said cold, cutting things to me." The women were asked if that statement were "very true; tends to be true; tends to be untrue, or very untrue." The answers helped Schwartz develop a measure for "love inconsistency," which along with parental conflict was the main focus of the study. The study found that depression was to be more expected in women whose family background included a high level of conflict between parents, in which the father tended to predominate. In contrast, women from families characterized by low conflict, a dominant and consistently loving father, were less vulnerable to depression.