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Depression and anxiety in expectant and new fathers: Longitudinal findings in Australian men

Leach, Liana; Mackinnon, Andrew; Poyser, Carmel; Fairweather, Kate

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Background Despite growing interest in men's perinatal mental health, we still know little about whether becoming a new father is associated with increases in psychological distress. Aims To use prospective longitudinal data to investigate whether becoming a first-time expectant (partner pregnant) and/or new father (child 51 year) is associated with increases in depression and anxiety. Method Men were aged 20-24 years at baseline (n = 1162). Levels of depression and anxiety were measured at...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLeach, Liana
dc.contributor.authorMackinnon, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorPoyser, Carmel
dc.contributor.authorFairweather, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:36:06Z
dc.identifier.issn0007-1250
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76629
dc.description.abstractBackground Despite growing interest in men's perinatal mental health, we still know little about whether becoming a new father is associated with increases in psychological distress. Aims To use prospective longitudinal data to investigate whether becoming a first-time expectant (partner pregnant) and/or new father (child 51 year) is associated with increases in depression and anxiety. Method Men were aged 20-24 years at baseline (n = 1162). Levels of depression and anxiety were measured at four time points over 12 years. Over this time, 88 men were expectant fathers, 108 men were new fathers and 626 men remained non-fathers. Results Longitudinal mixed models showed no significant increase in depression or anxiety as a function of expectant or new fatherhood, as compared with pre-fatherhood levels. Conclusions Our findings suggest that, generally, expectant and new fathers are not at greater risk of depression or anxiety. Future epidemiological research should continue to identify men who are most (and least) at risk to focus resources and assistance most effectively.
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists
dc.sourceBritish Journal of Psychiatry
dc.titleDepression and anxiety in expectant and new fathers: Longitudinal findings in Australian men
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume206
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor111714 - Mental Health
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5433
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLeach, Liana, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMackinnon, Andrew, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationPoyser, Carmel, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationFairweather, Kate, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage471
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage478
local.identifier.doi10.1192/bjp.bp.114.148775
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T09:30:08Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84932118883
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