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Expectant first-time fathers' experiences of pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12809629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: to describe first-time-expectant fathers' experiences of pregnancy. DESIGN: an inductive method using narrative interview form and qualitative content text analysis. The text of the transcripts was coded and categorised. SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS: seven first-time-expectant fathers living in a multicultural industrial town in southern Sweden were interviewed individually when their partner was in the 38th to 39th week of pregnancy. MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: all the fathers-to-be experienced some psychological, social and/or physical change during the pregnancy. The main category, was 'time of transition'. Eight categories were found under this. They were: 'feelings of unreality, 'insufficiency and inadequacy', 'exclusion', 'reality', 'social changes', 'physical changes', 'responsibility, and development'. KEY CONCLUSION: the fathers'-to-be special needs for support and encouragement during pregnancy may be as important as those of the mothers'-to-be. The caregiver needs to be as aware of and sensitive to these needs. However, before any interventions can be recommended more research is needed.
Hafr?n Finnbogad?ttir; Elizabeth Crang Svalenius; Eva K Persson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0266-6138     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-17     Completed Date:  2003-09-09     Revised Date:  2010-03-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-105     Citation Subset:  N    
Medical Faculty, Department of Nursing Lund University, P.O. Box 157, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Fathers / psychology*
Gender Identity
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Interpersonal Relations
Interviews as Topic
Life Change Events*
Pregnancy / psychology*
Prenatal Care / standards
Qualitative Research
Self Concept
Social Isolation
Social Responsibility

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