Functional Status After Fatherhood: An Australian Study

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Title Functional Status After Fatherhood: An Australian Study
Author McVeigh, Carol; Baafi, Mercy; Williamson, Moira
Journal Name Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Editor Lillian Biller
Year Published 2002
Place of publication California
Publisher Sage Science Press
Abstract Objective: To investigate the functional status of new fathers. Design: A descriptive, correlational study. Setting: A variety of postnatal services within one regional center in New South Wales, Australia. Participants: One hundred twenty-eight men who had fathered a healthy infant born at or near term, both first-time fathers and men adding to their existing families, who could read and write English. Main Outcome Measure: Fathers were surveyed at 6 weeks postpartum using the Inventory of Functional StatusFathers. Results: Paternal age, number of children, and satisfaction with fatherhood were identified as correlates of functional status. An inverse relationship was noted between the number of children and satisfaction with fatherhood. Conclusion: Although most fathers maintained their level of participation in household and family activities postpartum, few increased their involvement in response to the birth of their child. Practitioners should encourage expectant parents to actively negotiate the division of household labor and the sharing of infant and child care responsibilities before the birth of their newborn.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at
Volume 31
Issue Number 2
Page from 165
Page to 171
ISSN 0884-2175
Date Accessioned 2003-03-12
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Nursing & Health
Subject Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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