Predictive factors for depression and anxiety in men during the perinatal period: a mixed methods study

Chhabra, Jasleen, Li, Wendy, and McDermott, Brett (2022) Predictive factors for depression and anxiety in men during the perinatal period: a mixed methods study. American Journal of Men's Health, 16 (1).

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The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors associated with paternal perinatal mental distress in a sample of Australian men. A mixed-methods design was used. The qualitative component (N = 13) using thematic analysis identified maternal depression, marital distress, masculine gender role stress, unplanned pregnancy, work–family conflict, and sleep disturbance as risk factors for paternal perinatal mental distress. The quantitative component (N = 525) expanded on the qualitative findings and examined the associations between the identified risk factors and mental distress of fathers in the perinatal period measured by Edinburgh postnatal depression scale. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis revealed six significant predictors of paternal perinatal mental distress with masculine gender role stress being the most significant risk factor for paternal perinatal mental distress. The results from this study provide an insight into how masculine gender role may affect the expression and experience of mental distress in fathers within the perinatal period. Implications of research findings are discussed.

Item ID: 72669
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-9891
Keywords: depression, anxiety, risk factors, fathers, mixed methods
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2022 22:49
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520502 Gender psychology @ 60%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200504 Men's health @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health @ 50%
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