Paternal postpartum distress : a discourse analytic study

Wilson, Christopher C.

Medicine
July 2008

Thesis or dissertation


Rights
© 2008 Christopher C Wilson. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Abstract

This portfolio thesis comprises of three parts: a systematic review paper, an empirical report and appendices.

Part one is a systematic review in which the literature relating to the empirical paper is reviewed. Literature concerning the prevalence of paternal distress within the first year postpartum is addressed. The review attempts to determine levels of severity and aims to stipulate when distress is more prevalent within the year. The usefulness of such epidemiological data is also considered.

Part two is an empirical paper examining the discourses around the postpartum father. The study aimed to conceptualise how the father's discursive position may limit the acceptability of distress in this period. The paper outlines popular competing constructions of postpartum fatherhood and paternal affect drawn from the accounts of first-time parents, midwives and health visitors. The impact of such discursive inconsistency on the recognition of this clinical issue is discussed. Clinical implications are then described.

Part three comprises the appendices. A reflective summary drawing on the overall research process is included.

Publisher
Postgraduate Medical School, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Glover, Lesley; Sandfield, Anna
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
ClinPsyD
Language
English
Extent
Filesize: 1 MB
Identifier
hull:5742
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