When mum is stressed, is dad just as stressed? Predictors of paternal stress in the first six months of having a baby

Seah, Cheryl K. F. and Morawska, Alina (2016) When mum is stressed, is dad just as stressed? Predictors of paternal stress in the first six months of having a baby. Infant Mental Health Journal, 37 1: 45-55. doi:10.1002/imhj.21546


Author Seah, Cheryl K. F.
Morawska, Alina
Title When mum is stressed, is dad just as stressed? Predictors of paternal stress in the first six months of having a baby
Journal name Infant Mental Health Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1097-0355
0163-9641
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/imhj.21546
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 55
Total pages 11
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract The primary aim of this study was to examine predictors of paternal stress within the first 6 months of having a baby in a normative Australian sample, and to compare paternal and maternal stress. In total, 54 fathers and 71 mothers completed self-report measures of postnatal depressive symptoms, parenting stress, efficacy, responsiveness, attachment, and family and social support. Paired sample t test revealed a significant relationship within couples in their level of parenting stress. Fathers reported lower levels of postnatal depression, responsiveness, and attachment than did mothers. Fathers rated their level of social support to be higher than did mothers. Regression analyses indicated that responsiveness and efficacy significantly predicted paternal stress whereas responsiveness and attachment predicted maternal stress when history of psychological diagnosis and financial stability were controlled for. Results have implications for early preventive parenting programs.
Keyword Paternal stress
Responsiveness
Parenting stress
Social support
Fathers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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