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Fathers report experiencing negative feelings and psychological difficulties during the perinatal period
  1. James Hill1,
  2. Elizabeth Gomez2,
  3. Andrew Clegg1
  1. 1Health Technology Assessment Group, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  2. 2School of Community Health & Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  1. Correspondence to James Hill, Evidence synthesis, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK; jehill1{at}uclan.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Shorey S, Chan V. Paternal mental health during the perinatal period: A qualitative systematic review. J Adv Nurs 2020:76(6):1307–1319. doi: 10.1111/jan.14325.

Implications for practice and research

  • Fathers reported experiencing negative feelings and psychological difficulties during the perinatal period.

  • Fathers expressed the need for additional support for their mental health across the perinatal period.

  • Further research is required on masculinity issues in seeking help.

Context

The perinatal period is the time from the start of pregnancy to 1 year after the child has been born.1 During the perinatal period, an estimated 5%–10% of fathers will develop above-threshold symptoms of paternal depression.2 During this period, fathers can experience a high level of stress which can have negative effects on themselves and their families.3 This review aims to explore the needs and experiences associated with the mental health of fathers during this perinatal period.4

Methods

This qualitative systematic review carried out …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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