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Title: Experiences of fatherhood
Author: Dandy, Emma Jayne
ISNI:       0000 0004 9358 1333
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2019
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Becoming a father is a significant life event for most men. Transition and adjustment to fatherhood can pose a number of challenges to fathers. There have been recent changes within UK government legislation which have encouraged increased paternity leave and research has recognised that the involvement of fathers in childrearing is beneficial for both parental mental health and child development. However, the research exploring fathers’ experiences is limited, particularly when fathers have experienced mental health difficulties or adverse childhood experiences. This thesis focuses on fathers’ experiences of parenthood in two distinct contexts: during the perinatal period (defined as pregnancy to one year post-natal) and when fathers have care-experience in childhood. Chapter one presents a meta-ethnographic review of recent qualitative literature exploring fathers’ experiences of mental health difficulties during the perinatal period. Following a systematic search of relevant databases and manual searching, fifteen research papers were identified and synthesised within the review. Findings from the review highlight the need for healthcare services to promote awareness of paternal perinatal mental health difficulties and to develop father-specific resources and support. Chapter two is a qualitative study that explores care-experienced fathers’ experiences of parenthood. Using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) framework, it provides a detailed exploration of how care-experienced fathers make sense of parenting and how this is impacted upon by their early childhood. Implications for clinical policy and practice are discussed and recommendations for future research are considered. Chapter three provides a reflective account of the research process from the perspective of the researcher. It considers the importance of reflexivity in qualitative research and reflects on the positionality of the researcher.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HQ The family. Marriage. Woman