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Commentary on: Da Costa D, Danieli C, Abrahamowicz M, et al. A prospective study of postnatal depressive symptoms and associated risk factors in first-time fathers. J Affect Disord 2019;249:371–377.
Implications for practice and research
Men’s resilience towards the transition to fatherhood should be assessed as part of prenatal preparation for couples expecting their first baby.
Research on psychological management of postdelivery stress for families of new babies should include interventions on adjustment strategies.
A central cause of depression is identified to be prenatal and postnatal stress.1 2 This, pre and postnatal stress, affects both the father and the mother of a baby, and the reaction of both parents to the stress is known to affect child's health and psychology.3 Da Costa et al’s study4 aimed at determining the prevalence of depressive symptoms in first-time …
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