Forgotten Fathers: Postpartum Depression in Men
postpartum depression, fathers, paternal postpartum depression, paternal involvement
Although postpartum depression is common and well-studied in mothers, many fathers also experience symptoms. This qualitative study investigated fathers’ experiences of postpartum depression. Data from secondary sources such as blogs, websites, forums, and chat rooms were analyzed using a combination of phenomenological and content analysis methods to understand father’s experiences of paternal postpartum depression. Six themes emerged from the data including fathers’ needing education, adhering to gender expectations, repressing feelings, being overwhelmed, resentment of baby, and the experience of neglect. These data provide useful information that can aid health care providers, researchers, clinicians, and families in understanding the experience of paternal postpartum depression and in better coping with the challenges these families face.
Original Publication Citation
Eddy, B., Poll, V., Whiting, J., & Clevesy, M. (2019). Forgotten Fathers: Postpartum Depression in Men. Journal of Family Issues, 40(8), 1001–1017.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eddy, Brandon; Poll, Von; Whiting, Jason; and Clevesy, Marcia, "Forgotten Fathers: Postpartum Depression in Men" (2019). Faculty Publications. 4184.
Journal of Family Issues
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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