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

Cockshaw, W, Muscat, T, Obst, P and Thorpe, K 2014, 'Paternal postnatal depressive symptoms, infant sleeping and feeding behaviors, and rigid parental regulation: a correlational study', Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 124-131.


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Title Paternal postnatal depressive symptoms, infant sleeping and feeding behaviors, and rigid parental regulation: a correlational study
Author(s) Cockshaw, W
Muscat, T
Obst, P
Thorpe, K
Year 2014
Journal name Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 124
End page 131
Total pages 8
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract 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.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) Infant feeding
infant regulation problems
infant sleeping
paternal postnatal depression
regulation beliefs
DOI - identifier 10.3109/0167482X.2014.959920
Copyright notice © 2014 Informa UK Ltd.
ISSN 0167-482X
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