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Title: Fathers' experiences of having a premature baby
Author: Shah, Bunsi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 1869
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2007
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This research explored the fathers' experiences of having a premature baby. This included their experiences both during the baby's admission to neonatal care and following discharge from the hospital. The aims were to elicit their subjective accounts in order to gain further insight into the phenomena and improve clinical practice. This research employed a qualitative methodology and seven participants took part in the research. Participants were interviewed using a semi-structured interview design and the interviews were tape recorded. An interpretative phenomenological approach was used to analyse the data. The analysis revealed three superordinate themes: Uncertainty and coping, Fatherhood and Changes. A number of subordinate themes are also identified. An important feature of the experiences described by fathers was the uncertainty and powerlessness they experienced over a prolonged period of time as a consequence of the critical condition of their baby. In addition, the fathers were required to fulfil a number of competing roles and expectations. A key strategy described by all was to simply "get on with it". However, all fathers described the distress and sense of loss they experienced as a consequence of being separated from their baby. Yet an important finding was that in the context of loss the fathers reported that the trauma of early birth and the difficulties experienced by their baby appeared to be a catalyst for greater involvement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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