The "Sensory Deprivation Tank": an interpretative phenomenological analysis of men's expectations of first-time fatherhood

Kings, Christopher, Knight, Therese, Ryan, Danielle and MacDonald, Jacqueline 2017, The "Sensory Deprivation Tank": an interpretative phenomenological analysis of men's expectations of first-time fatherhood, Psychology of men and masculinity, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 112-122, doi: 10.1037/men0000046.

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Title The "Sensory Deprivation Tank": an interpretative phenomenological analysis of men's expectations of first-time fatherhood
Author(s) Kings, Christopher
Knight, ThereseORCID iD for Knight, Therese
Ryan, Danielle
MacDonald, JacquelineORCID iD for MacDonald, Jacqueline
Journal name Psychology of men and masculinity
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 112
End page 122
Total pages 36
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2017-04
ISSN 1524-9220
Keyword(s) father-child relations
social psychology
gender identity
Social Sciences
Psychology, Social
Summary Few studies have investigated expectations of fatherhood in men without children, and none within the age bracket most often associated with new fatherhood. Therefore, the objective of this qualitative study was to gain in-depth understanding of young men's beliefs and perceptions of that role. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) of interview transcripts identified 3 key themes: The contemporary model father, perceived threat to life as we know it, and, the central theme, an unforeseeable future. Analysis revealed that while participants held broad expectations to be emotionally and physically involved as well as economically responsible fathers, their views often lacked specificity, consideration of meaning, and practical notions about how expectations could be fulfilled. We explain the lack of development in men's conceptualization of fatherhood across emerging adulthood through hegemonic masculinity, identity theory, and life course perspectives. The current study provides a rationale for promoting increased discussion around fatherhood in the preconception period to help lessen the turbulent nature of men's transition through pregnancy. (PsycINFO Database Record
Language eng
DOI 10.1037/men0000046
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170105 Gender Psychology
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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