Functional Status After Fatherhood: An Australian Study
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2006
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 165–171, March 2002
How to Cite
McVeigh, C. A., Baafi, M. and Williamson, M. (2002), Functional Status After Fatherhood: An Australian Study. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 31: 165–171. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2002.tb00036.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2006
- Accepted: August 2001
- Functional status;
- New father;
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 Status–Fathers.
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.