Journal article

Perinatal mental health: Fathers - the (mostly) forgotten parent

Olivia Wong, Nguyen Tram, Naomi Thomas, Frances Thomson-Salo, Dennis Handrinos, Fiona Judd

Asia-Pacific Psychiatry | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The importance of parental mental health as a determinant of infant and child outcomes is increasingly acknowledged. Yet, there is limited information regarding paternal mental health during the perinatal period. The aim of this review is to summarize existing clinical research regarding paternal mental health in the perinatal period in various contexts, and its possible impact on infant development. METHOD: An electronic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE and PubMed databases. Key texts were used to cross-check for any further articles of interest. RESULTS: Men are at increased risk of mental health problems during the transition to fatherhood, as well as during the..

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