Perspectives on supporting fathers affected by postnatal depression and a history of violence

Laws, TAC and Keeling, J 2018, 'Perspectives on supporting fathers affected by postnatal depression and a history of violence' , Journal of Health Visiting, 6 (1) , pp. 40-47.

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Intimate partner violence in the perinatal period is a significant problem that remains underscreened, underdiagnosed and undertreated. The establishment of evidence-based guidelines to enable health visitors to identify couples experiencing violence and offer appropriate support has been hampered by the complex interplay between maternal and paternal mental health problems and violence. This study explored the experiences of UK fathers who voluntarily engaged with services designed to eliminate their ideation to violence. The findings indicate that the tendency to violence is increased by stresses associated with the transition to parenthood. Men felt pressured by concerns for their partner's mental health, changes in the relationship, sleep disturbances and the burden of infant care they assumed when the mother was unable to cope. Health visitors are ideally placed to assess for factors linked to the emergence of violence and put in place interventions to minimise occurrence.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Visiting
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
ISSN: 2050-8719
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Depositing User: Dr Tom Laws
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 12:17
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 03:02

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