Journal article

How are you sleeping? Starting the conversation with fathers about their mental health in the early parenting years

Jacqui A Macdonald, Liam G Graeme, Karen Wynter, Dawson Cooke, Delyse Hutchinson, Garth Kendall, Jennifer StGeorge, Eileen Dowse, Lauren M Francis, Nyanda McBride, A Kate Fairweather, Laura Di Manno, Craig A Olsson, Steve Allsop, Liana Leach, George J Youssef



BACKGROUND: Approximately 1 in 10 fathers of infants experience symptoms of common mental health disorders, prompting calls for paternal postpartum screening. However, numerous obstacles exist to screening implementation. The aim of this study was to provide preliminary evidence for an alternative approach that starts with asking fathers about their sleep. METHODS: Using self-reported father data at 0 to 36 months postpartum (N=1204) from four Australian cohort studies, we assessed associations between responses to various single-item questions about sleep (good to poor), and scores on validated measures of mental health (depression, anxiety and stress). We conducted regressions, unadjusted ..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

Funding Acknowledgements

The Triple B Study has been funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; Project Grant #GNT630517), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australian Rotary Health (ARH; 2012-2013; 2018-2020), the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE; 2010-2011), and the Financial Markets Foundation for Children (Australia) (2015-2016).The MAPP Study has been supported by the Deakin University's Central Research and Faculty of Health's grant schemes. The PATH Through Life Project has been supported by numerous grants provided by the NHMRC (including grants supporting this research paper 973302, 179805, 418039, 1002160) and additional funding for data collection of wave 4 of the 20s cohort was provided by Safe Work Australia. The Peel Child Health Study has been supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (0776722), as well as two NHMRC Project Grants, a UWA Asthma Bequest Grant, and an Asthma Foundation of WA grant which were all specific to the collection of biological data. The funding bodies played no role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.