Researchers from the University of Newcastle Australia have launched a new study that looks at the paternal wellbeing and psychological experiences in fathers during the postnatal period.
The ‘What About New Dads’ (WAND) study asks fathers about their feelings and experiences in a 15-minute online survey.
WAND aims to investigate thought patterns that influence men’s adjustments to fatherhood and their father-baby relationship.
The researchers hope that the study will provide new fathers with a better understanding of their own mental health, as well as learning about current service providers and programmes.
WAND was developed by PhD Student Jaime Wroe, along with Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, Dr Linda Campbell and Dr Jennifer St George from the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute.
Commenting on the study, Jaime Wroe said: “The importance of maternal mental health is well known and there’s a broad range of services to support women during the transition to motherhood. But what about dads?
“New fathers may also experience distress in their adjustment to parenthood, which can then affect the cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural development trajectories in infants. In short, dads’ mental health and wellbeing definitely matter.”
Researchers are looking for fathers of infants aged between four months to 13 months for the survey.
The 15-mionute survey can be completed through a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Some fathers of infants aged under 6 weeks may be invited to participate in stage two of the research.
More information about the study and the survey can be found here.
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