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Title: An analysis of both published texts and men's talk about postnatal distress in men
Author: Thomas, Sian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 2378
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2007
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In the context of increased attention being paid to men's health, there is a developing awareness and literature regarding postnatal distress in men. This may appear to be a positive development. However, a discrepancy has been identified between the published literature and women's experiences of postnatal distress, and this has led to women not feeling validated or legitimised in their experiences. There is a danger that the same will occur for men. From a social constructionist perspective, this will have implications for the discourses available to men who experience postnatal distress, and in turn, the practices that develop in the context of these discourses. With this in mind, this research aimed to explore the constructions of postnatal distress in men in both the published texts and men's accounts, and to ascertain whether there is a discrepancy emerging between the two. A discursive approach to analysis was utilised to identify the discursive constructions of postnatal distress and the positioning of men and women. Although both the published texts and men's accounts constructed postnatal distress as applicable to men and women, there was a discrepancy in how this was done between the two mediums. The implications for practice of these constructions are discussed, including how we talk, the services that are provided, and future research that is conducted regarding postnatal distress in men.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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