Journal article

Mental Health Trajectories of Fathers Following Very Preterm Birth: Associations With Parenting

Grace E McMahon, Peter J Anderson, Rebecca Giallo, Carmen C Pace, Jeanie L Cheong, Lex W Doyle, Alicia J Spittle, Megan M Spencer-Smith, Karli Treyvaud

Journal of Pediatric Psychology | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Mothers of infants born very preterm (VPT) are at high risk of mental health difficulties. However, less is known about the course of fathers' depressive and anxiety symptoms over time, and the implications this may have for early parenting behaviors. METHODS: In total, 100 fathers of 125 infants born VPT (<30 weeks' gestation) completed questionnaires assessing depressive and anxiety symptoms shortly after their infant's birth, and when their infant reached term-equivalent age, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months' corrected age. At 12 months' corrected age, fathers' parenting behaviors were assessed using the Emotional Availability Scales. Longitudinal latent class analysis was use..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine 1060733; project grants 1024516 and 1028822; Career Development Fellowship 1108714 [to A.S.]; Senior Research Fellowship 1081288 and Investigator Grant 1176077 [to P.A]; Career Development Fellowship 1141354 [to J.C]). G.M was supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.