BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
The prevalence of fathers’ depression and anxiety in the perinatal period (i.e. from conception to 1 year after birth) is approximately 5–10%, and 5–15%, respectively; their children face increased risk of adverse emotional and behavioural outcomes, independent of maternal mental health. Critically, fathers can be protective against the development of maternal perinatal mental health problems and their effects on child outcomes. Preventing and treating paternal mental health problems and promoting paternal psychological well-being may therefore benefit the family as a whole. This study examined fathers’ views and direct experiences of paternal perinatal mental health. (Author abstract)
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