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New Fathers, Mental Health and Social Media

Das, Ranjana and Hodkinson, Paul (2019) New Fathers, Mental Health and Social Media [Report]

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Abstract

About the Project This project analysed in-depth, qualitative material on new fathers’ experiences of mental health difficulties after having a baby. In particular, we focused on fathers' use of online communications as part of their coping practices. Arising out of a project funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of Surrey that centred on in depth interviews with 15 fathers in the UK, the project explored the intense difficulties men can endure in recognizing the nature of perinatal struggles and communicating with others about them. This brief report presents findings from our analysis of the complex and varied engagements they have with digital communications as part of their experience. Top Findings New fathers are often are unaware of the possibility of perinatal mental health challenges and also can experience significant difficulties with seeking support. We found that isolation and the lack of spaces to speak about their experiences is a significant problem. Fathers found it particularly difficult to express their difficulties to those close to them because of their investment into close relationships, and a need they felt to not let people down. Most fathers spoke of masculine pressures to be 'the rock' and their perceived self-conceptions as providers, not recipients, of support. Fathers sometimes turn to social media to seek information and express themselves. Such online resources can provide an invaluable source of information and interaction but do not always enable them to reach out or receive the support they need.

Item Type: Report
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Das, Ranjanar.das@surrey.ac.uk
Hodkinson, PaulP.Hodkinson@surrey.ac.uk
Date : September 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2019 The Editor(s). Published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.
Additional Information : Cite this report as - Das, R. & Hodkinson, P. (2019). New Fathers, Mental Health and Social Media: Findings from a Qualitative Project with 15 New Fathers. Guildford, Surre
Depositing User : Rebecca Cooper
Date Deposited : 01 Oct 2019 08:53
Last Modified : 01 Oct 2019 08:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852847

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