Postnatal distress affecting one in 10 fathers

Risk factors for fathers included poor job satisfaction and poor relationship with the mother as well as maternal psychological distress, having a partner in a more prestigious occupation and ‘low parental self-efficacy’ or self-perceived competence as a parent.

The analysis of 3,219 fathers participating in the infant cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children was carried out by the Parenting Research Centre in Melbourne.

 “Fathers reporting the lowest job quality with access to the fewest favourable workplace conditions had five times the odds of reporting psychological distress