Journal article

Fatherhood in a New Country: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Experiences of Afghan Men and Implications for Health Services

Elisha Riggs, Jane Yelland, Josef Szwarc, Sayed Wahidi, Sue Casey, Donna Chesters, Fatema Fouladi, Philippa Duell-Piening, Rebecca Giallo, Stephanie Brown



BACKGROUND: Fathers of refugee background are dealing with multiple, interrelated stressors associated with forced migration and establishing their lives in a new country. This has implications for the role of men in promoting the health and well-being of their families. METHODS: Afghan community researchers conducted interviews with 30 Afghan women and men who had recently had a baby in Australia. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with health professionals working with families of refugee background. RESULTS: Fourteen men, 16 women, and 34 health professionals participated. Afghan men reported playing a major role in supporting their wives during pregnancy and postnatal care, accom..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge funding support of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) Research Program which is funded by the Sidney Myer Fund and William Buckland Foundation, and the support of the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. JY is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (2014-2017), SB is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012-2015), and RG is supported by an MCRI Career Development Award. We thank members of the Afghan community who generously shared their wisdom and experiences in the community consultation and in the interviews; and members of the Community Advisory Group including Fahima Ashuri, Farida Bezhan, Mohammad Abbasi, Naijla Naier, Nida Iqbal, and Tahira Alizadha. Our thanks to the many health professionals who participated in interviews and focus groups and to members of the Sector Stakeholder Advisory Group: Anne Colahan, Jeanette Cameron, I-Hao Cheng, Alexia Miller, Ilona Nicola, Kerrie Papacostas, Margie Powell, Sally Richardson, Euan Wallace, and Sue Willey.