Paternal Depression Symptoms During Pregnancy and After Childbirth Among New Zealand Study

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Antenatal and postnatal depression are known to be common and associated with poor outcomes for women and their children. There is little evidence on depression symptoms among men during the perinatal period. The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics associated with depression symptoms among men whose partners were pregnant and subsequently gave birth. Results concluded expectant fathers were at risk of depression symptoms if they felt stressed or were in poor health. Rates of elevated depression symptoms were higher during the postpartum period and were associated with adverse social and relationship factors. Identifying fathers most at risk of depressive symptoms and when best to target interventions (antenatal or postnatal) may be beneficial to men and their families.

Related Topics

  • Behavioral Health
  • Fathers/Partners
  • Parenting
  • Trauma