The inter-relationship between depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms in fathers during the antenatal period

Wee, Kim Yiong, Skouteris, Helen, Richardson, Ben, McPhie, Skye and Hill, Briony 2015, The inter-relationship between depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms in fathers during the antenatal period, Journal of reproductive and infant psychology, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 359-373, doi: 10.1080/02646838.2015.1048199.

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Title The inter-relationship between depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms in fathers during the antenatal period
Author(s) Wee, Kim Yiong
Skouteris, Helen
Richardson, BenORCID iD for Richardson, Ben
McPhie, Skye
Hill, BrionyORCID iD for Hill, Briony
Journal name Journal of reproductive and infant psychology
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 359
End page 373
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0264-6838
Keyword(s) antenatal
depressive symptoms
Summary Objective: The aim of this study was to examine whether depressive symptoms predict anxiety and stress or whether anxiety and stress precede depressive symptoms in fathers during the antenatal period. Background: The findings of previous studies suggest that there is an association between paternal depression, anxiety and stress during the antenatal period. However, the temporal inter-relationship between these variables has yet to be investigated. Method: Data were collected from 150 expectant couples at approximately 18, 25 and 33 weeks’ gestation. Results: After accounting for the relative stability of depression, anxiety and stress over time, for men higher levels of anxiety earlier in pregnancy predicted higher levels of depression and stress in middle pregnancy, which predicted higher depression during late pregnancy. A similar relationship remained after partialling out the effects of partner’s depression, perceived social support and sleep quality. Further analyses also revealed significant differences in the manifestation of distress symptoms between men and women, but not between first-time and non-first-time fathers. Conclusion: Our findings indicated a possible inter-relationship between depression, anxiety and stress for men antenatally. Our findings also showed that men who reported elevated depression, anxiety and stress earlier in the antenatal period also reported elevated symptomology at later time points. Finally, the current findings revealed that antenatal paternal stress may play a key role in the development of depression and anxiety later in pregnancy. Therefore, it may be important to screen for early levels of antenatal stress in men, as well as depression and anxiety.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02646838.2015.1048199
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920504 Men's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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