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Swedish fathers contemplate the difficulties they face in parenthood
Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci & Educ, Sjukhusbacken 10, SE-11883 Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, SE-11883 Stockholm, Sweden..
Kenyon Coll, Dept Sociol, Gambier, OH 43022 USA..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, SE-11883 Stockholm, Sweden.;Mid Sweden Univ, Dept Nursing, Sundsvall, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, SE-11883 Stockholm, Sweden.;Univ Melbourne, Rural Hlth Acad Ctr, Melbourne Med Sch, Northeast Hlth Wangaratta Educ & Res Unit, Melbourne, Vic, Australia..
2016 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 8, 55-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Objective: The aim was to explore what concerns Swedish fathers had about parenting difficulties at two months after the birth of their baby. Methods: Self-report questionnaires were used and data were analyzed with mixed methods. Results: Thirty percent of the 827 fathers reported concerns about the difficulties of parenthood. The theme 'Managing the demands of being a father' emerged and was based on concerns about how to raise the baby, having enough money, health issues, lack of time and finding balance in the new family pattern. Financial worries, feeling less positive about expecting a baby, and self-reported poor emotional health were related to fathers who perceived parenthood as difficult. Conclusion: Experienced fathers as well as new fathers expressed similar concerns about parenthood. Preparation classes for reassurance and skills coaching about child raising may provide important support for fathers. This is especially important for fathers who may have poor emotional health or who may not be feeling positive about expecting a baby. Policy-makers and health care providers should recognize that offering support for all fathers benefits not only men, but also their children, and their partners and can help encourage egalitarian practices at home and work.

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2016. Vol. 8, 55-62 p.
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Fathers, Mixed methods, Parenting difficulties
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298864DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.02.005ISI: 000376839500010PubMedID: 27179379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298864DiVA: diva2:948314
Available from: 2016-07-11 Created: 2016-07-11 Last updated: 2016-07-11Bibliographically approved

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