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Type: Thesis
Title: First-time expectant fathers’ experiences and expectations of the perinatal period
Author: De Sousa Machado, Tiffany
Issue Date: 2016
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
Abstract: Postnatal depression (PND) affects approximately 16% of women in Australia. PND can have damaging and lasting effects on women, their infants and the family, including the risk of paternal PND (PPND). There is limited research on men’s perceptions of and understanding about PND, despite the fact they may play an important role in identifying symptoms and encouraging their partner to seek help. Furthermore, they may also require emotional, psychological and practical support during the perinatal period. The current understanding of PND within a biomedical model includes both psychological and biological elements. In this qualitative study, the knowledge, beliefs and attitudes first-time fathers have of the perinatal period, specifically in relation to PND and their attitudes towards help seeking were explored. As well as covering the psychological and biological aspects of PND, gender roles and men’s expectations and notions of motherhood were discussed by participants. Through triangulating data from both expectant fathers and their partners, Thematic Analysis identified five main themes: Preparing for a Newborn, Illness Perceptions of PND, Gendered Roles and Power, Idealistic Postnatal Expectations, and The Risk of PND to Men. This study provides insight into what first-time fathers know and are prepared for in the postnatal period. These insights have the potential to inform health professionals in educating and preparing first time parents for the reality of life with a newborn, in clinical settings, health promotion campaigns and in health care and government policy.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, 2016
Keywords: Honours; Psychology
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