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Title: The counselling psychology needs of new fathers
Author: Johnston, Judith
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2013
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This study explored new fathers‟ understanding and experience of fatherhood, their own well-being and whether, or not, there is a role for counselling psychologists to work with new fathers in their transition to fatherhood. A qualitative research methodology was employed: counselling psychologists were asked to complete a partially structured questionnaire to explore their perceptions of men‟s experiences of fatherhood; fathers‟ well-being and mental health needs; and the psychologists‟ thoughts about what role, if any, counselling psychology might have in assisting the transition to fatherhood. Questionnaires were analysed using a content analysis. Fathers, in the first five years of fatherhood, were interviewed to explore their experiences of fatherhood, and their understanding of their own well-being. The interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Four master themes emerged from the analysis of the interviews, with 11 subthemes identified. The four master themes were preparation; roles, responsibilities, perspectives and priorities; joy and reward versus difficulties and concerns; support. These were consistent across the participant‟s accounts, although experiences varied between individuals. Fifteen themes were identified in the analysis of questionnaire responses from counselling psychologists. Research findings support previous research in showing that the transition to fatherhood is a time of intense psychological adjustment and suggest that counselling psychologists do have a role to play in working with new fathers in their transition to fatherhood. The researcher suggests that counselling psychologists have a role to play in both therapeutic work and in the broader provision of psychological knowledge, education and support, either directly to individuals or groups, or indirectly through the provision of information, working with or training other professionals and through research and the dissemination of findings.
Supervisor: Dhillon-Stevens, Harbrinder ; House, Richard Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Psych.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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