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Postnatal depression in fathers : does prenatal preparation and experience in care-giving assist the transition to fatherhood?


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Goodall, Claire Michelle 2007 , 'Postnatal depression in fathers : does prenatal preparation and experience in care-giving assist the transition to fatherhood?', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Thirty-two first time fathers participated in this study which was primarily
concerned with how men prepare for fatherhood and whether previous
interactions with children equips men with necessary experience to
alleviate the development of post natal depression. Fathers completed
questionnaires and correlation analyses were used to test the relationship
between paternal post natal depression and prepatory activities such as
seeking information about parenthood, and previous interaction with
children. The results of the current study revealed that there was a
relationship between fathers seeking information from books, internet, and
videos relating to parenthood, and a reduction in reported anxiety and
insomnia. This kind of preparation for parenthood may be crucial in the
decision making process when planning the birth of a child, which was
also linked to reduced feelings of depression in new fathers. The study also
identified that fathers who had some previous interaction with children
were less likely to report psychological distress. These results could
indicate that men should be supported to interact with children during their
lifetime. Furthermore, fathers who reported social support felt that they
play an important role in caring for their child and this reflects social
support may be an important factor in facilitating the transition to role as
caregiver. This attitude was also related to fewer experiences of
psychological distress.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Goodall, Claire Michelle
Keywords: Fatherhood, Father and child, Postpartum depression
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2007. Includes bibliographical references

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