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Expectant Fathers' Attitudes Towards Pregnancy.

Thomas, S.G. and Upton, Dominic (2000) Expectant Fathers' Attitudes Towards Pregnancy. British Journal of Midwifery, 8 (4). pp. 218-221. ISSN 0969-4900

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The majority of midwifery practice and literature focuses on mothers with little research on fathers-to-be. This study was undertaken in order to gain a better understanding of men's psychological response to pregnancy in their partners. Data from a questionnaire and attitude scale survey were collected from 141 expectant fathers. Anxiety was not reported in a significant proportion of expectant fathers and this was not associated with age, social class or number of previous pregnancies. However, a significant proportion of fathers reported symptoms of couvade and an indication that psychological and emotional state altered during pregnancy. The study suggests that it would be beneficial for health-care professionals to recognize the needs of the father-to-be in a more holistic manner.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: pregnancy, birth, expectant fathers, men, male, parents, paternal attitudes, psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Felicity Copp
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2007 09:51
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:48

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