Paternal postnatal depressive symptoms, infant sleeping and feeding behaviors, and rigid parental regulation : a correlational study

Cockshaw, Wendell D., Muscat, Tracey, Obst, Patricia L., & Thorpe, Karen (2014) Paternal postnatal depressive symptoms, infant sleeping and feeding behaviors, and rigid parental regulation : a correlational study. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 35(4), pp. 124-131.

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Paternal postnatal depression (PND) is now recognized as a serious and prevalent problem, associated with poorer well-being and functioning of all family members. Aspects of infant temperament, sleeping and feeding perceived by parents as problematic are associated with maternal PND, however, less is known about paternal PND. This study investigated depressive symptoms (Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS)) in 219 fathers of infants aged from 1 to 24 weeks (median 7.0 weeks). Infant predictor variables were sleeping problems, feeding problems and both mother and father reported temperament. Control variables were partner’s support, other support and life events. Rigidity of parenting beliefs regarding infant regulation was also measured as a potential moderating factor. Infant feeding difficulties were associated with paternal depressive symptoms, subsuming the variance associated with both sleep problems and temperament. This relationship was not moderated by regulation beliefs. It was concluded that infant feeding is important to fathers. Fathers of infants with feeding difficulties may not be able to fulfill their idealized construction of involved fatherhood. Role incongruence may have an etiological role in paternal PND.

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ID Code: 80064
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Infant feeding, infant regulation problems, infant sleeping, paternal postnatal depression, regulation beliefs
DOI: 10.3109/0167482X.2014.959920
ISSN: 1743-8942 (on-line)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Informa Plc
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2015 00:22
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2015 07:34

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