A critical analysis of the effects of male postnatal depression on the family unit and its implications for professional practice

murray, jackie (2012) A critical analysis of the effects of male postnatal depression on the family unit and its implications for professional practice. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The effects of maternal postnatal depression have long been recognised but the same cannot be said of paternal postnatal depression. Following the birth of my daughter in 2008, I recognised a change in my partner’s mood and behaviour and I began to consider the idea that men too, may suffer from depression following the birth of a child. Indeed, research suggests that men can and do experience great distress in the postnatal period and this area of study is now receiving growing attention from researchers. It was my aim, through undertaking this dissertation, to critically examine the effects of male postnatal depression on the family unit as well as highlighting the inadequacies of current health and social care practice. I also considered current areas of best practice and made recommendations for future practice and research. Ultimately, ensuring the welfare of the people that we care for, whether in a personal of professional capacity, is a collective responsibility hence the dual emphasis of the research question.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8780

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