Exploring the needs of the father around childbirth

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90378
Title:
Exploring the needs of the father around childbirth
Authors:
Duizend, Alexandra
Abstract:
Being a new parent can be a difficult as well as a joyous time. Although gender roles in the work place and the home are changing, the counselling/support given to a family by health professionals, including health visitors is still mainly focused on the mother-child relationship. In the background is the father who is generally designated to the supportive role. With a few exceptions, most of the research to date reflects this view, by concentrating on the mother’s emotional dysfunction in studies around postnatal depression, while not considering the father’s role. This grounded theory study, using an unstructured interview format, looks at the lived experience of a group of three men who have recently become fathers. All are over thirty years of age, from a similar social class and in stable relationships. Data has been organised into four main categories which generated 13 hypotheses. A core category and hypothesis emerged, which demonstrated the involvement, responsibility, joys and losses the men felt on becoming a father, as well as the ambivalence they felt in asking for support/counselling. The implications of this research lead to a more sensitive approach by health professionals to understanding men’s experiences of childbirth. Health visitors may need to organise father focused workshops, both to reflect on practice and to help prevent fathers from becoming marginalised. The findings of this research supports that of authors cited in the study, recognising that men may also require support/counselling to secure their wellbeing in the parental role and coping with their own and their partner’s expectations in an insecure but demanding world.
Issue Date:
1997
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90378
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorDuizend, Alexandraen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T13:19:35Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T13:19:35Z-
dc.date.issued1997-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90378-
dc.description.abstractBeing a new parent can be a difficult as well as a joyous time. Although gender roles in the work place and the home are changing, the counselling/support given to a family by health professionals, including health visitors is still mainly focused on the mother-child relationship. In the background is the father who is generally designated to the supportive role. With a few exceptions, most of the research to date reflects this view, by concentrating on the mother’s emotional dysfunction in studies around postnatal depression, while not considering the father’s role. This grounded theory study, using an unstructured interview format, looks at the lived experience of a group of three men who have recently become fathers. All are over thirty years of age, from a similar social class and in stable relationships. Data has been organised into four main categories which generated 13 hypotheses. A core category and hypothesis emerged, which demonstrated the involvement, responsibility, joys and losses the men felt on becoming a father, as well as the ambivalence they felt in asking for support/counselling. The implications of this research lead to a more sensitive approach by health professionals to understanding men’s experiences of childbirth. Health visitors may need to organise father focused workshops, both to reflect on practice and to help prevent fathers from becoming marginalised. The findings of this research supports that of authors cited in the study, recognising that men may also require support/counselling to secure their wellbeing in the parental role and coping with their own and their partner’s expectations in an insecure but demanding world.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectFathersen
dc.subjectChildbirthen
dc.subjectGrounded Theoryen
dc.titleExploring the needs of the father around childbirthen
dc.typeThesisen
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